10 Causes of Malnutrition in Older Adults

What is Malnutrition?

The Negative Impact of Malnutrition on Older Adults

  • Increased chance of fractures from falling
  • Higher risk of hospitalization
  • Weakened immune system with a higher risk of infections
  • Wounds that take longer to heal or don’t completely heal
  • Increased risk of death

Why Seniors Are Often at High Risk for Malnutrition

1. Lack of food

2. Loss of appetite

3. Medications

4. Changes in metabolism

5. Physical discomfort

6. Lack of social interaction

7. Depression

8. Dementia

9. Alcohol abuse

10. Medically prescribed diets that are restrictive

Strategies for Preventing and Treating Malnutrition




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