Improving the nutritional status of older people

How to meet dietary requirements as they change with age

Small but simple changes can improve the nutritional status of older people.


It's difficult to define ‘elderly'. Like many people in their 70s, I don't consider myself elderly. I may have wrinkles and grey hair, and I now scramble rather than leap up rocks. But I'm in good health and I don't feel elderly when I run, swim, play tennis and hoist grandchildren onto my shoulders for a ‘canter' around the paddock.

Chronological age may not always be an acceptable (or reliable) definition of ‘elderly'. The 2013 revision of the Australian Dietary Guidelines used