Wednesday, 15 March 2000
The nutritional needs of individuals change with lifestyle and over time.
This report on "Recommendations for a national food and nutrition policy for older people" provides information on the status of nutrition in our older population and on the common risk factors affecting this status. It relates nutrition to diseases and conditions experienced in the older population and outlines the benefits of adequate diet. In order to be of practical use to health professionals and those caring for older people, the report sets out nutritional requirements and dietary guidelines as well as highlighting barriers that impede proper eating patterns. A number of recommendations aimed at improving the nutritional status of our older population are made