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Starvation in a Land of Plenty

Posted by Nutrition Professionals Australia on 5 February 2015
Starvation in a Land of Plenty

The rates of malnutrition in our hospitals and aged care homes continues to be too high.

This article by Karen Walton and Karen Charleton gives us some alarming facts on malnutrition in our community. 

According to the article, "A third of hospitalised Australians aged 65 years and older are overtly malnourished. A further 50% of this group are at high risk of malnutrition. Of greater concern still is the fact that most of these frail older adults are discharged home, where they face the possibility of a downward spiral of ill health.

Even among older adults living in the community, almost 10% are malnourished, while another 40% are considered to be at high risk of malnutrition.

The many reasons older adults don't meet their dietary requirements include dementia, depression, delirium, decreased vision, dental health issues, polypharmacy (taking three or more over-the-counter or prescribed medications) and acute or chronic diseases."

NPA provides support services to nursing homes, retirement villages and individuals in the community to address these issues. Our 2 day training programs provide practical information for catering and care staff in aged care.

 

Author: Nutrition Professionals Australia
Tags: Aged Care Malnutrition

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