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Eating well for your best life: Nutrition for your life stage

Good nutrition isn’t always about what you bring home from the store. Sometimes the challenge is getting to the store in the first place.

Lots of things can affect how well you eat as you age. Losing teeth might make it harder to you give up certain foods, for example, or your senses of taste and smell may change as you get older.

And some seniors have physical problems that make it harder to get around, or they don’t have transportation. Financial problems, depression, or isolation are more common as people age, too.

Ageing is linked to a variety of changes in the body, including muscle loss, thinner skin and less stomach acid. Some of these changes can make you prone to nutrient deficiencies, while others can affect your senses and quality of life. As we get older, nutrition rules change—or at least get stricter. Some vitamins, such as B12, become even more important with time.

Here is a quick summary of how you should eat in your 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond to maintain good nutrition.