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GERIATRIC NUTRITION – RECOMMENDATIONS AND REVIEW

Dr. Jaykumar Bhanushali*, Dr. Paranjay Prajapati, Dr. Rajesh Sethuraman, Dr. Tabassum Mansuri, Dr. Jaya Chandra and Dr. Riddhi Lalan

ABSTRACT

Geriatric patients with minimal risk of chronic diet related disability are the ones who have adhered to a health promoting diet throughout their lifetime. The main factors causing malnutrition in elderly include poor knowledge of the diet, lack of teeth, disability, drugs and dependence. This risk can be reduced by a combined effort of assessing the nutritional needs of the elderly and also by providing them with adequate access to the food and nutrition they require. Denture wearing patient may need appropriate guidance from treating dentist about nutrition requirement of geriatric denture wearing patients and schedule for eating various food stuff after denture insertion. Thus this article aims at providing knowledge about the basic nutritional requirements of elderly and formulating a diet plan for all the new denture wearers for ease of getting acclimatize to the prosthesis without compromising their nutritional needs.

Keywords: Diet, Nutritional status, Malnutrition, Nutritional requirements, Prosthesis, Dentures.


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