How to eat in your 80s: What you need to know about nutrition and health

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While our nutritional needs don’t necessarily change in our 80s, our appetite and energy levels can change markedly. Not wanting to prepare meals, eat full meals, or just not feel hungry can have an impact on our nutrition.

We may find it more difficult to move around the kitchen due to ailments like arthritis, and on top of this, conditions like depression are known to suppress our appetite. People in their 80s may need additional support to manage their nutritional needs as eating less becomes more common.

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