Liberalized Diets for Overall Wellness in the Elderly

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The American population is aging; by 2030, people over the age of 65 may comprise as much as 20% of the population (Niedert, 2006). As many as 80% of the people in this age group live with at least one chronic illness, and 4.5% of elderly persons in the United States live in nursing homes (Boyle & Holben, 2006). As individuals age into late adulthood, they may experience lessening abilities to think clearly and to move as dexterously as well as a decline in bodily functions that may inhibit their ability to perform tasks of daily living (Boyle & Holben, 2006). These experiences also hinder nutrient intake.