Using the questions on the DETERMINE Nutritional Health checklist the Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs identified over 700,000 older adults who were at high nutrition risk in one year. The checklist identifies non-institutionalized older persons at risk for low nutrient intake and subsequent health problems. We know that many states require any participants screened at high nutritional risk to undergo further screening or assessment to ascertain the cause, depth and actions necessary to improve the individual’s nutritional status. However, outside of the Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, there is not a standardize nutrition screening tool available, yet estimates put 1 out of every 2 older adults are at risk for malnutrition. The Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have developed a plan to increase the understanding of the magnitude of malnutrition and available methods to screen for it.
As a result of this webinar, participants were provided with ready to use tools and simple messages for use in an effort to increase awareness of Senior Malnutrition in their local area especially during the week of September 26-30, 2016, which is Malnutrition Awareness week.
Jeanne Blankenship, MS RDN, Vice President, Policy Initiatives and Advocacy, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Holly Greuling, RDN, National Nutritionist, Administration on Community Living
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