Why Protein Is Especially Important for Older Adults
Many do not get enough protein due to reduced appetite and other issues
(Editor's note: This podcast is from The Not Old – Better Show.)
As part of our Fitness Friday series, we hear from a returning guest, nationally known nutritionist Mike Glasgow. Mike spent more than five years working for an Area Agency on Aging in Wisconsin helping to oversee in the Older Americans Act local senior congregate dining and Meals on Wheels programs.
Today's show is important for older adults and caregivers, as we talk about the importance of a protein-rich diet for older adults.
According to the National Institutes of Health, up to one-third of older adults don't eat an adequate amount of protein due to reduced appetite, dental issues, impaired taste, swallowing problems and limited financial resources.
Combined with a tendency to become more sedentary, this puts older adults at risk of deteriorating muscles, compromised mobility, slower recovery from bouts of illness and the loss of independence.