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  • 1. Senior Citizens and Malnutrition: The Need for Assistance Kellie Sullivan CHHS 302 Kinesiology
  • 2. Thesis
    • 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.
  • 3. Audience
    • Nursing homes
    • Senior centers
    • Community food programs
  • 4. Causes of Malnutrition
    • Physical limitations
    • Restricting financial situations
    • Medication effects
  • 5. Effects of Malnutrition
    • Physical limitations
    • - Inability to shop for food and prepare meals
    • - Inability to stand for long periods of time
    • - Safe cooking/cleaning
    • Restricting financial situations
    • - Doctor bills and medications to pay for
    • - Living off of retirement accounts and social security
    • Medications
    • - Effects taste and smell
    • - Effects absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • 6. Solutions
    • Meals on Wheels Association of America
    • - Better marketing
    • - Specific diet meal plans
    • More senior centers need to be available
    • Closer monitoring of patients in nursing homes
  • 7. Synthesis
    • In regards to the issue of malnutrition, we should inform the public of the risks and consequences that malnutrition is causing seniors.
    • There needs to be more senior centers throughout local communities to ensure better nutrition and safety for the elderly.
    • In addition, nursing homes need to keep closer watch on their residents nutrition.
    • The Meals on Wheels program needs to be better marketed towards elders for greater participation in the program.
  • 8. References
    • Beattie, Leanne. (2009, Aug 26). Nutrition and the Elderly. Retrieved from http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=869
    • Becker, A., Carrie. (2000). COSEN: Coalition for Senior Nutrition. Retrieved from http://cosen.org/index.htm
    • 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
    • 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
    • Meals on Wheels. (2010). Meals on Wheels Association of America: Understanding Senior. Retrieved from http://www.mowaa.org/Page.aspx?pid=281
    • 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
    • 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
  • 9. Thank You!