The older population may have difficulty communicating issues with their mouth or whether they are
experiencing pain. Imagine if you had a toothache or sharp jagged tooth and you couldn’t tell anyone about it. How would you feel?
Lets start with Nutrition.
Nutrition is very important, particularly for our elders. Any pain or difficulty eating can affect nutrition in turn affecting their overall well being.
Eating is fun and often brings joy and something to look forward to for our elderly! It is often viewed as a social activity; a place where all residents gather and can converse and enjoy themselves over a meal. As we increase in age our lifestyles and appetite can change and this can affect the types and amounts of foods we eat. A decreasing appetite or reduced ability to buy and prepare healthy foods can mean that many older people don’t get enough essential vitamins, mineral and fibre, and this can contribute to general unwellness or exacerbate some chronic illness.
If pain or discomfort originates from the mouth, this can adversely affect the overall health and well being and can lead to a rapid decline. Combined with reduced communication this can possibly be fatal or require hospitalization. So the next time you are enjoying a meal, think what if I couldn’t enjoy my food due to pain, how would I feel?