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Seniors need nutrient-rich food too

Making mealtimes pleasant for elderly folk can improve their appetite and motivate them to eat more and eat better.
Making mealtimes pleasant for elderly folk can improve their appetite and motivate them to eat more and eat better.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

When people get older, their bodies need fewer calories following a decrease in lean muscle mass and a drop in basal metabolism. But that does not mean there is a reduction in their nutritional requirements, said Dr Adriel Rao Kailing, medical director at Active Global Caregivers, which offers home-based eldercare services.

An elderly person thus needs to make sure he eats more nutrient-rich foods.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline 'Seniors need nutrient-rich food too'. Print Edition | Subscribe