Signs of Malnutrition in the Elderly


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Early detection of malnutrition is important since it has been associated with diminished cognitive function, mobility, and a diminished ability to care for one's self.

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Signs of Malnutrition in the Elderly

  1. 1. Signs of Malnutrition in the Elderly
  2. 2. Healthy and successful aging can be characterized by adapting to the changes that come with age. The emphasis in “successful or active aging” is on maximizing independence and function as the person grows older. Helping prepare meals and having someone to eat with can help us live healthier lives.
  3. 3. Aging is accompanied by changes that can negatively impact nutritional status. Sensory impairment like decreased sense of taste and smell, poor oral health and dental problems, inflammation, and a monotonous diet that is poor in quality.
  4. 4. Diminished vision and hearing, as well as osteoarthritis, can make movement difficult and/or painful and may affect the elderly person’s ability to shop for food and prepare meals.
  5. 5. The elderly may also experience profound changes to their environment such as isolation, loneliness, depression and inadequate finances. Each of these can affect dietary intake and ultimately impact nutritional status.
  6. 6. The signs of malnutrition in older adults can be tough to spot, especially in people who don’t seem at risk — but uncovering problems at the earliest stage can help prevent complications later. To detect malnutrition >>
  7. 7. Observe your loved one’s eating habits Spend time with your loved one during meals at home, not just on special occasions. If your loved one lives alone, find out who buys his or her food. If your loved one is in a hospital or long term care facility, visit during mealtimes.
  8. 8. Watch for weight loss Help your loved one monitor his or her weight at home. You might also watch for other signs of weight loss, such as changes in how clothing fits.
  9. 9. Be alert to other red flags. Malnutrition can cause poor wound healing, easy bruising and dental difficulties.
  10. 10. Know your loved one’s medications Many drugs affect appetite, digestion and nutrient absorption.
  11. 11. Older Americans who reside within their community are much less likely to suffer from malnutrition.
  12. 12. We provide quality non-medical and skilled medical care that enables seniors to live happier and healthier lives at home. Our elder care services are distinguished by the caliber of our in home caregivers and our dedicated staff.
  13. 13. We can provide care for an hour, a day or, you can leverage our expertise in live-In care. We understand the evolving needs of older adults and focus have a broad range of services to accommodate any client needs.
  14. 14. Some of our services are specifically designed to help seniors eat right and remain living in their homes, conversation, companionship and meal preparation.
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