The Advanced Aged Population

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Presentation for Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA, Food Service staff. The goal of this presentation was to make the employees to understand the basic nutrition needs of this age group.

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  • Females tend to live longer for many reasons: genetics, smoking rate, lifestyle, stress levels. Among the centenarians population, the ratio is 9 females for 1 male. Interesting Harvard study stated that most of the centenarians had babies at their forties.
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  • Meet all the nutrients needs
  • Offer their favorite foods, snacking ( spread food throughout the day) Contraindications to exercise exist, but almost all older persons can benefit from additional physical activity
  • Eating well as we age (FDA, 2000)
  • The Advanced Aged Population

    1. 1. Our Advanced-Aged Population Presented by: Isabella Camargo
    2. 2. Statistics <ul><li>When are we considered an elder? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Census Bureau (2008) > 65 years old </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How many elders will we be in 2030? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 in 5 people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Whites live longer </li></ul><ul><li>Females live longer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Life expectancy is 79 for women and 72 for men </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Nutrition Matters <ul><li>15-50% experience poor nutrition or malnutrition </li></ul><ul><li>30% skip at least 1 meal per day </li></ul><ul><li>16% of seniors consume fewer than 1000 kcal per day </li></ul>* Positive related to morbidity and mortality
    4. 4. Challenges <ul><li>To choose a nutrient dense diet at a time when activity level and energy needs decline </li></ul>
    5. 5. No Appetite
    6. 6. Not Being Able To Chew
    7. 7. Customer Service
    8. 8. Questions?

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