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Nutritionist / Dietitian
Nutrition for the elderlies is different. Nutritionists and dietitians play an important role in the nutrition of the elderly to ensure that optimal health and nutrition is maintained throughout the ageing process. Majority of the older adults live independently and some are struggling to prepare meals that contain ample essential nutrients. Many may not acknowledge that their nutritional status is imparied which can lead to malnutrition and serious illness over the time.
Nutritionists focus on promoting healthy eating habits and a balanced lifestyle. They work exclusively with healthy individuals who are seeking to improve their nutrition intake by making better choices about the food to consume. Meanwhile, dietitians are trained professionals who promote nutritional well-being and treat medical conditions through medical nutrition therapy. They may design a comprehensive meal plan for people with chronic diseases and suggest dietary changes.