Experts agree that the risk for malnutrition is high among specific groups of elders, especially those with inadequate income to purchase food, those who are isolated, and those who suffer from illnesses, disease and other conditions affecting independence. Untreated malnutrition often leads to considerable dysfunction and disability, reduced quality of life, and in some instances, premature or increased disease and death. Malnourished patients were found readmitted to the hospital earlier and more frequently. Yet poor nutritional status and malnutrition due to inadequate dietary intake can often be reversed.

Informing Strategies to End Senior Hunger in Native Communities

October 26, 2015

First Nations is deeply committed to assisting tribes and Native organizations in their ongoing efforts to end senior hunger. As of 2012, there were approximately 410,000 tribal elders age 65 and older in Indian Country. This number is expected to nearly triple between 2010 and 2050. As the Native senior population grows, so does the… Read more »

Op-Ed: Is Nutrition the First Step in Addressing Hospital Readmission?

April 15, 2015

Hospital readmissions among Medicare patients 65 years of age and older is an important issue impacting patients, families and hospitals. Hunger and the lack of proper nutrition among older adults contribute to increased hospital readmission rates, and poorer outcomes for patients ultimately placing undue burden on the health system. In order to create an incentive… Read more »

Hospitals Put Nutrition on the Front Burner

April 16, 2015

Hospitals and health systems around the nation are promoting healthy living by revamping their food offerings to set a better example for the communities they serve. Research shows that one-third of patients enter the hospital malnourished and, if left untreated, two-thirds of those will experience further decline. Half of malnourished inpatients go undiagnosed. Malnourished patients… Read more »

Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

April 15, 2015

The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition was established in 2013 and is an interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to championing effective patient nutrition practices, represents over 100,000 dietitians, nurses, hospitalists and other physicians from all 50 states. The Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness about the positive impact proper nutrition has on patients’ medical outcomes and providing… Read more »

Can Eating Fruits and Vegetables Help People to Manage Their Weight?

April 17, 2015

This brief examines the evidence from available studies to determine whether eating fruits and vegetables can help with weight management. The research covered supports the conclusion that replacing foods of high energy density (high calories per weight of food) with foods of lower energy density, such as fruits and vegetables, can be an important part… Read more »

Food Insufficiency and the Nutritional Status of the Elderly Population

April 17, 2015

Studies have shown that food insufficiency, defined as “an inadequate amount of food intake due to lack of resources”, is found in the US population of all ages. A few reports have shown that food insufficient people eat less than the food sufficient population, but no studies have reported on the overall nutritional status of… Read more »

Food and Nutrition for Life: Malnutrition and Older Americans

April 15, 2015

This paper discusses malnutrition among older persons, potential causes for this malnutrition, how malnutrition among the elderly affects society and what national programs are addressing malnutrition among older Americans. It also looks at challenges, limitations, and gaps in nutrition and aging research and legislative and policy responses to malnutrition in older persons.