Nutrition Needs for Older Adults


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How many calories per day do older adult men need?

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1. Limited mobility in older adults could lead to which nutrition-related concern?

2. How many calories per day do older adult women need?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The nutritional needs of older adults are different from younger people. This worksheet and quiz combination assesses your understanding of the healthy nutritional intake for adults 51 years and older. The quiz will question you on key factors that should be addressed to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz is written to test you on these nutritional topics for older men and women:

  • Daily caloric intake
  • Limited mobility as a nutritional concern
  • Increased consumption of vitamin and minerals
  • Ingestion of carbohydrates each day

Skills Practiced

Assess your ability to use the following skills by completing the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can draw the most important information about the nutritional needs of older adults from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of nutritional intake for older adults to see why limited mobility could be a concern
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the appropriate amount of daily calories and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the recommended increase of certain vitamins and minerals

Additional Learning

Learn more by reviewing the accompanying video lesson called Nutrition Needs for Older Adults. The following objectives can be found in the lesson:

  • Define balanced diet
  • Identify nutritional concerns that may occur in people older than 51
  • Know the recommended intake percentages for the various food types
  • Learn the measurements recommended daily for each food group