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Nutrition for seniors

Aging is often accompanied by a decrease in appetite because the body expends less energy performing daily activities. This is a perfectly normal occurrence. Aging can also lead to lifestyle changes. You may find that you eat or cook alone more often, that you have more difficulty chewing certain foods or that you have trouble getting to the grocery store. However, despite these changes, it is important to eat well.

Make sure that you include a variety of nutritious food in your meals and snacks and that you adopt healthy eating habits such as those recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. Go to the page Healthy eating to find out more.

You should drink water throughout the day too. Water is the best way to quench your thirst. Drink water instead of 100% pure fruit juice, fruit drinks, soft drinks and other sugary drinks. Go to the page Water, the drink of choice to stay hydrated to find out more.

This will allow you to meet your body’s needs, have energy and stay healthy.

Help and resources

Ressource d’aide et de soutien

Info-Santé 811 is a telephone consultation service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, everywhere in Québec.

Resources for care and services

Some services are offered at home. To obtain information on nutrition and available services, contact one of the following resources:

Helpful websites

Visit the following websites for additional information on nutrition for seniors and tips for planning meals:

Last update: October 8, 2019

Notice

Information on the website in no way replaces the opinion of a health professional. If you have questions concerning your health status, consult a professional.

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