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Nutritional Counseling at Home

With the aging process comes changes in lifestyle, including diet. A lack of nutrients can have a negative impact on your health and well-being. Consulting with a Nutritional Counselor can hep families and seniors make sure they eating the “right” foods, at the “right” time to maintain optimal health.

What is Nutritional Counseling?

A common problem for many elderly individuals is that their diet lacks essential nutrients. One reason may be because older people often have reduced appetites, due to a lack of socialization and limited incomes. The risk becomes exponentially higher when the person is isolated or depressed.

One way to help those who may not be getting enough nutrients in their diet is consulting with a Nutritionist. These specialists can create individual action plans and recommend vitamins that will ensure older adults get the right amount of calcium, proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins.

Poor nutrition in the elderly can cause a number of health problems including:

  • depression,
  • inflammation,
  • loss of muscle tone,
  • and cardiovascular disease.
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How Can Nutritional Counseling Help My Aging Loved One?

Through nutrition therapy, we can collaborate on meal plans and simple recipes that will help you meet your macro- and micronutrient needs during this life stage. You will benefit from increased energy, alertness, and immunity.

Your nutritional concerns are our top priority. We have a variety of treatments and solutions to help you live life the way that is best for your body, so we can all be healthy together! Let us break everything down into small manageable steps – after all, no one should try anything new without their team behind them.

Common signs of malnutrition in the elderly include:

  • sores at the corners of their mouth
  • dry skin that has lost elasticity and can’t be pulled back to reveal wrinkles or age spots
  • unusual weight loss, but no decrease in appetite. This is because fat stores are used to provide energy for a low metabolic rate.
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Why Do I Need a Geriatric Nutritionist?

  • A Nutritionist is the “nutrition expert”
  • The physiology of aging is super complicated
  • Food plays an important role in healthy aging
  • Nutrition requirements are different for older adults
  • Frail, sick older adults have more complex needs

What are the nutritional requirements for the elderly?

Eating right and staying active are important no matter what your age. As we get older our bodies have different needs, so certain nutrients become especially important for good health.

  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Healthy Fats

 

Does Medicare Pay for Nutritional Counseling?

Medicare Part B may cover a dietitian or nutritionist if your doctor decides it’s medically necessary. Medicare may also cover diabetic counseling, weight-loss counseling, obesity screenings and more.

To benefit from Medicare coverage of dietary counseling, speak with your doctor. You will need a referral from your doctor to a qualified nutrition specialist. Medicare generally pays for three hours of dietary counseling during the first year you receive counseling. Medicare pays for an additional two hours of counseling every year afterwards.

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