2. Protein for Muscle Mass
As we grow older, it is common to lose muscle mass. This is a condition called sarcopenia, a chronic loss of muscle mass and muscle strength as a result of aging.
To combat sarcopenia, it is important that the elderly receive their recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein. There are many recommendations for daily allowances available, including one from the DOST3. However, not all of these reflect the increased need for protein for the elderly — even though it is widely recognized that the protein needs of the elderly increase4. Consult your doctor for a specific recommendation for you.
Milk for a senior citizen, aside from being a rich source of calcium, is also full of protein. And it may be an effective method of supplementing the diet to increase protein intake.
3. Carbohydrates to Fight Unintentional Weight Loss
Nutritionists recommend that most adults have a low-fat, low-calorie diet. However, this recommendation changes for older adults, especially those who experience unintentional weight loss5. In many cases, seniors should have a diet that is rich in carbohydrates instead of cutting out carbs like they used to when they were younger.
Milk and dairy can fill in this gap, providing a carbohydrate-rich diet. As always, there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation, so make sure to consult a doctor for a diet that is right for you.