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Nutrition of the Elderly



Nutrition of the Elderly
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     challenging words:    calorie, deep-colored, helping, low-fat, well-being, medication, elderly, nutrition, metabolism, fiber, digestive, vitamin, dental, interesting, calcium, weaken
     content words:    Since Grandma


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Nutrition of the Elderly
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Anthony took a ride with his mother to Grandpa's home. His mother had just returned from grocery shopping and had a pile of groceries in the trunk. When they reached Grandpa's house, Anthony helped his mother with the bags.
 
2     "Why are we dropping these bags at Grandpa's house? I thought they were for us," Anthony said.
 
3     Mom responded, "I did some double grocery shopping this week. Our groceries are in our house. These are for Grandpa."
 
4     "Why?" Anthony asked. "You don't usually shop for Grandpa."
 
5     "Since Grandma died, I'm more worried about Grandpa's eating habits. I don't think he is eating as well as he could. I think it's time I step in and help him more so he stays as healthy as possible," Mom answered.
 
6     "Can what Grandpa eats really make a difference?" Anthony asked.
 
7     "Does it make a difference for you or me?" Mom asked in return.
 
8     "Well, yes," Anthony answered.
 
9     "It does for Grandpa, too," Mom said. "Good nutrition is important at any age, from the littlest child to the oldest adult. The quality of the food you eat at any age offers a certain quality of life, good or bad."
 
10     "So, what's so different about what Grandpa needs?" Anthony asked.
 
11     "Well, his energy level has gone down, his metabolism has slowed, so his calorie needs have gone down," Mom said.

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