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For years, celiac disease was considered a childhood disease. Now we know adults can also develop Celiac disease at any stage of life or perhaps suffer for years before being diagnosed. Diagnosis may be difficult because symptoms vary greatly from one person to another.

Older persons may require more time for the intestine to completely heal once diagnosis is confirmed therefore extra attention to biopsy screening and nutrition management may be important considerations for an adult diagnosis.

Related conditions to celiac disease may include: Type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, and other gastrointestinal or autoimmune diseases. Although the incidence of additional conditions is uncommon, advise your doctor of any other medical concerns you may have.

Supportive Living

Supportive living facilities are often changing their kitchen staff and practices that may lead to mistakes in gluten-free food preparation. It is important that all food allergen protocols are in-place and strictly followed.

If you feel that you are exposed to gluten at your supportive living facility, please reach out to the Calgary Chapter for assistance with senior home resources and/or a presentation on Celiac disease.

It is imperative that family and caregivers recognize the impact a change in diet can have on an older person, from both a nutritional and social perspective. The added challenge of living in a supportive living setting means that many older persons may not have control over their meals, making it imperative to advocate with the facility to ensure the meals are nutritious and gluten-free.