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Why Being Watchful for Signs of Malnutrition in Older Adults Matters

Malnutrition is most simply defined as a nutritional imbalance that can potentially affect any person, regardless of weight. Chronic health conditions combined with inadequate nutrition can often negatively impact older adults and prevent their bodies from absorbing the nutrients they need for healthy aging. Depression; social isolation; mental health challenges; embarrassment; lack of food; functional changes that limit the ability to shop for, prepare or even eat food; and financial struggles further increase the risk for malnutrition.

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By Lisa Weitzman | 04/15/2021

Palmer, M. (2021, February 17). 3 Common Guilt Triggers that Caregivers Face. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/3-common-guilt-triggers-that-caregivers-face

Hayes, J. (2021, February 17). Six Ways to Help Your Loved One Avoid Falling. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/aging-parents/six-ways-to-help-your-loved-one-avoid-falling

Weitzman, L. (2021, January 14). Have You Become the Family Caregiver? Guideposts.  https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/have-you-become-the-family-caregiver

Hayes, J. (2021, January 14). 4 Ways to Keep Your Loved One Active When It’s Cold Outside. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/aging-parents/4-ways-to-keep-your-loved-one-active-when-its-cold-outside