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The importance of nutrition and hydration for the elderly

In our latest blog we’re focusing on the importance of good nutrition and hydration for the elderly, as part of this year’s Nutrition and Hydration week. This yearly event was created to promote nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element to maintaining health and wellbeing within health and social care.

Many elderly people are more susceptible to illnesses due to low immunity, often caused by poor dietary habits, so it is essential that they stay well hydrated and get the right nutrition. 


Just a few simple changes can make all the difference – The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of foods commonly eaten to achieve a healthy, balanced diet, and include these main 5 food groups:

  • Fruit and vegetables.
  • Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy foods.
  • Dairy and alternatives.
  • Beans, pulses, fish, eggs and other proteins.
  • Oils and spreads.

Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy improves diet quality, as does cutting down on added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. 


  • Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of fluid each day – Drinking water, low fat milk and sugar-free drinks, including tea and coffee all count towards your recommended daily fluid intake. 

A lack of fluids can cause dehydration, which can lead to confusion in the elderly, so remaining hydrated is essential. 

At Abicare, all our carers are fully trained to ensure that all service users remain fully hydrated and are receiving the nutrients they need, and they are well equipped to look out for any signs of dehydration and malnutrition. 

For detailed information regarding healthy eating and drinking in older adults, visit the NI Direct Website