oa Professional Nursing Today - A review of supplements for the elderly : nutrition

Volume 16, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



The elderly are considered to be an at-risk group, because of inadequate dietary intake, drug-nutrient interactions and the prevalence of chronic conditions. Dietary guidelines recommend that healthy individuals achieve recommended nutrient intakes from food sources, while not exceeding their energy requirements. Additional nutrients from fortified or enriched foods or supplements can help the elderly to meet their nutritional needs as specified by science-based nutrition standards, such as the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).

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