High-quality nutrition and malnutrition care for older adults should be at the top of the U.S. national agenda as we develop population health strategies to improve health and to deliver consistent quality healthcare at an affordable cost. Nutrition has been referred to as a vital sign of older adult health. Good nutrition has been shown to help support a healthy and active lifestyle, improve health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. In stark contrast, malnutrition, particularly the lack of adequate protein, calories, and other nutrients needed for tissue maintenance or repair, has been
shown to be associated with poor health outcomes, frailty and disability, and increased healthcare costs. The National Blueprint Achieving Quality Malnutrition Care for Older Adults report outlines specific goals and strategies to promote and achieve high-quality malnutrition care across the continuum of acute, post-acute, and community settings.
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