Malnutrition can happen to anyone, but older adults are particularly at risk. As many as one in two older adults are at risk for malnutrition. And it doesn’t just happen to seniors who suffer from hunger, or who don’t have access to healthy food. Older adults are more likely to have chronic conditions that put them at risk for malnutrition. Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions can impact appetite, make eating difficult, change metabolism, and require dietary restrictions. This short “pocket film” covers who is at risk for malnutrition, the debilitating impact it can have on older adults, tips for identifying the condition, and how it can be treated and prevented. The film is also available in Spanish.
The way we eat throughout our lives impacts the way we age. Science has proven that a well-balanced and varied diet full of nutritious foods—like fruits and veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and lean proteins—and limited in sugar, salt, saturated or solid fats, and alcoholic beverages is critical to good health.
Malnutrition is a hidden epidemic in the United States and is undertreated and underrecognized. Malnutrition occurs when the body doesn’t get the right balance of nutrients and calories that it needs to stay healthy.
The Aging in Motion (AIM) Coalition is a diverse group of patient, caregiver, health and aging groups working together to press for greater levels of research and innovation to develop treatments in the area of sarcopenia and age-related functional decline.