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Sullivan advocacyfindings

  1. 1. Senior Citizens and Malnutrition: The Need for Assistance Kellie Sullivan CHHS 302 Kinesiology
  2. 2. Thesis <ul><li>Senior citizens need assistance from nursing homes, senior centers, and community programs in order to receive adequate nutrients and proper balanced meals to maintain optimal health. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Audience <ul><li>Nursing homes </li></ul><ul><li>Senior centers </li></ul><ul><li>Community food programs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Causes of Malnutrition <ul><li>Physical limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Restricting financial situations </li></ul><ul><li>Medication effects </li></ul>
  5. 5. Effects of Malnutrition <ul><li>Physical limitations </li></ul><ul><li>- Inability to shop for food and prepare meals </li></ul><ul><li>- Inability to stand for long periods of time </li></ul><ul><li>- Safe cooking/cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>Restricting financial situations </li></ul><ul><li>- Doctor bills and medications to pay for </li></ul><ul><li>- Living off of retirement accounts and social security </li></ul><ul><li>Medications </li></ul><ul><li>- Effects taste and smell </li></ul><ul><li>- Effects absorption of vitamins and minerals </li></ul>
  6. 6. Solutions <ul><li>Meals on Wheels Association of America </li></ul><ul><li>- Better marketing </li></ul><ul><li>- Specific diet meal plans </li></ul><ul><li>More senior centers need to be available </li></ul><ul><li>Closer monitoring of patients in nursing homes </li></ul>
  7. 7. Synthesis <ul><li>In regards to the issue of malnutrition, we should inform the public of the risks and consequences that malnutrition is causing seniors. </li></ul><ul><li>There needs to be more senior centers throughout local communities to ensure better nutrition and safety for the elderly. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, nursing homes need to keep closer watch on their residents nutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>The Meals on Wheels program needs to be better marketed towards elders for greater participation in the program. </li></ul>
  8. 8. References <ul><li>Beattie, Leanne. (2009, Aug 26). Nutrition and the Elderly. Retrieved from http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=869 </li></ul><ul><li>Becker, A., Carrie. (2000). COSEN: Coalition for Senior Nutrition. Retrieved from http://cosen.org/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Burger, Sarah. (2000, June). Malnutrition and Dehydration in Nursing Homes: Key Issues in Prevention and Treatment. Retrieved from http://www.globalaging.org/elderrights/us/malnutrition.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Evans, Coral. (2005). Malnutrition of the Elderly: A Multifactorial Failure to Thrive. The Permanente Journal. 2005 Volume 9 Number 3 Retrieved from http://xnet.kp.org/permanentejournal/sum05/elderly.html </li></ul><ul><li>Meals on Wheels. (2010). Meals on Wheels Association of America: Understanding Senior. Retrieved from http://www.mowaa.org/Page.aspx?pid=281 </li></ul><ul><li>Mohan, Mary. (2000, June). Malnutrition and Dehydration Plague Nursing Home Residents. Retrieved from http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/News/News Releases/2000/Jun/Malnutrition-And-Dehydration-Plague-Nursing-Home Residents.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>R. R. Hajjar, H. K. Kamel & K. Denson: Malnutrition In Aging. The Internet Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology. 2004 Volume 1 Number 1 Retrieved from http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlFilePath=journals/ijgg/vol1n1/malnutrit on </li></ul>
  9. 9. Thank You!

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