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Vitamins for the Elderly: From A to Zinc

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Nutritional status can be affected by a number of factors associated with increased age. Changes in appetite, taste, and swallowing can impact the eating habits of the elderly individual. In addition, the lower energy requirement of the elderly patient necessitates that these nutrients be consumed in greater density. Because many older adults have chronic diseases that may be affected by diet, providing optimal nutrition is especially important, and adequate stores of essential vitamins and minerals may play a key role in disease prevention and in modulating disease progression.

Keywords: Antioxidant; Cancer; Cobalamin; Dementia; Elderly; Falls; Folic acid; Fractures; Homocysteine; Hypertension; Niacin; Pyridoxine; Vitamin; Wound healing; Zinc

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2006

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  • The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Consultant Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
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