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Nutrition for Health & Social Care. Healthy eating in a day centre for the elderly.

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Choose a setting such as a residential home, a day centre or a Sure Start nursery, and make realistic recommendations about how you would compensate for negative influences on diet in that setting. Day centre for the elderly: For my previous work placement I was working in a day centre for the elderly people. I observed few cases that took place during my placement. This was such as their eating habit which involved the elderly refusing to eat healthy food that was important for their health and as well as the body to function in order to cope with their daily task. From the first week I could clearly see that the elderly ate dinner in the day centre and had couple of breaks in between to have some snacks. I was also able to see the kind of food that was made in the kitchen. ...read more.

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A decrease in skeletal muscle is the most noticeable manifestation of this change, but there is also a reduction in other physiologic proteins such as organ tissue, blood components, and immune bodies as well as declines in total body potassium and water. This contributes to impaired wound healing, loss of skin elasticity, and an inability to fight infection. It is therefore important that older people get enough high quality of proteins as the protein in the body is lost daily and therefore must be replenished daily throughout the diet. This is giving in food such as eggs which are the best source of protein as they contain the highest amount of essential amino acids. Fish is the next best source and is then followed by meat, milk, cereal eaten with pulses, soya beans, oatmeal, rice, peas, lentils, kidney beans and then wholemeal bread it. ...read more.

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Meat, poultry, and fish should be a part of their diet to help them meet the daily intake requirements for zinc. Calcium is also very important and it is seen that elderly people don't get enough of calcium. It is recommended that the elderly should be getting around 1,500 mg of calcium a day and non fat powdered milk can be used in recipes as a substitute for milk. There are also other foods such as yogurt, low fat cheese and broccoli can also help them to meet the requirements for calcium. In addition, each one of the above nutrients that I mentioned is needed to keep an ageing body in good health. This means that the elderly should try to stay active and strive for a well balanced diet. This can also be done by the help of the care workers in the day care centre for the elderly. ?? ?? ?? ?? Unit 21: Nutrition for Health & Social Care D1 Unit 21: Nutrition for Health & Social Care D1 ...read more.

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