Importance of Proper Nutrition for Seniors
If meals are missed or poor food choices are being made, ones nutrition can suffer.
For the elderly, poor nutrition can lead to undesired weight loss and jeopardize the immune system, making a senior more susceptible to infections like the common cold or even the flu.
Sometimes the decision to not eat is the result of a change in the appetite, something common as people age. Not eating can also be due to food insecurity. 62% of seniors in Canada have trouble covering monthly expenses. Canadians living in poverty increased by 15% between 2011 and 2014.
The elder homeless men who visit Haven Toronto are 100% food insecure. They have missed a meal or meals due to a lack of money.