Malnutrition Awareness Week

August 14, 2017

In 2009, ASPEN recognized a need for greater awareness of malnutrition, which is common in hospitalized patients in the United States and is associated with unfavorable outcomes including higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission. Not unexpectedly, these outcomes are associated with increased costs. In some studies,… Read more »

Recognizing and Addressing Malnutrition in our Communities

August 14, 2017

Malnourished older adults are commonly discharged without a diagnosis or dietary plan. To help address community follow-through, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveyed several kinds of community-based organizations (CBOs) to learn what they need to bolster their ability to identify and treat malnutrition – the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub. This Resource Hub targets transitions… Read more »

Tracking Malnutrition: Practical Observations from the Front Lines Part 2

July 24, 2017

Tracking Malnutrition: Practical Observations from the Front Lines Part 2 • Identify actions to improve operations in discharge practices of malnourished patients • Identify actions to improve patient nutrition programs • Describe opportunities in ambulatory settings to promote nutrition care to reduce acute care malnutrition • Explain how to advocate for community outreach and support… Read more »

Toolkit: Strategies for Your RDN to Add Value & Increase Your Organization’s Engagement in the Healthcare Arena

May 8, 2017

This webinar described why home and community-based programs with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) on their staff or that contract with an RDN for services are well-positioned to provide in-home nutrition assessment and consultation. Participants learned more about the importance to healthcare entities and caregivers having an RDN perform an in-home nutrition assessment and guidance… Read more »

Malnutrition Resource Page – AND

February 8, 2017

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) rely on evidence-based resources to provide safe and competent care to their clients and patients. This section serves as a hub for RDNs to locate credible resources to use in their practice and share with patients.With this resource listing, RDNs, and other advocates and practitioners, have the opportunity to be at… Read more »

Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative: MQii Toolkit

February 8, 2017

The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) Toolkit is a guide for identifying and implementing clinical quality improvements for malnutrition care. It is designed to support changes among the care team’s clinical knowledge and raise awareness of best practices for optimal nutrition care delivery. Using this toolkit can help improve malnutrition care for older adults admitted… Read more »

Malnutrition and Chronic Diseases – NCOA

February 7, 2017

This Malnutrition Toolkit, development by the National Council on Aging, provides a wealth of information on malnutrition warning signs and therapeutic approaches to address this condition. Links to other resources on nutrition for older adults are also available.

Challenges for Latino Older Adults

February 7, 2017

t is projected that by 2019, the Hispanic population aged 65  will be the largest racial/ethnic minority in this age group. The National Hispanic Council on Aging reports that nearly one in five Hispanic older adults lives in poverty compared to ~7% of non-Hispanic White older adults. Poverty, access to health services, and senior hunger are… Read more »