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Seniors are at Risk of Malnutrition
Nutrition in the news today tends to focus on weight loss and the counting calories. Research and tips abound about why we should stay slim and how we should do it. What we do not hear a lot about is the growing nutrition crisis amongst older Americans who are not eating enough food, or consuming adequate nutrients.
Malnutrition - a lack of adequate calories, protein or other nutrients needed for tissue maintenance and repair.”
A recent study estimated the rate of malnutrition among individuals age of 65 and older who were admitted to emergency rooms in the southeastern United States. Here are the results:
With a risk of malnutrition found in more than half the patients in this study, those of us with older loved ones ned to start paying close attention to what and how they are eating.
Below are five ways we can watch for malnutrition:
1. Check their refrigerator and cabinets.
2. Monitor their eating.
3. If they can no longer cook assist them.
4. If they can no longer buy groceries find an alternative.
5. Observe their physical appearance, moods and energy levels.
If you live far away or can simply not find time in your schedule, please give our care coordinator a call at 516-710-7995 and we will customize an in-home service which covers all these steps and more to assure the important older person in your life remains happy and healthy.