Getting older means you now have special nutritional needs. This can make it more difficult to eat the right balance of nutritious foods. For example, you may be less physically active or you may have less interest in food than you did before.  These changes can occur so gradually that you may not notice them while they are happening. The changes can result from illnesses or accidents, genetic patterns, or social, psychological, and economic factors.

Because of these changes, it may be necessary to change how you eat. If you do not take your new needs into consideration when you eat, you may be at risk for malnutrition (nutrient imbalance).