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The incidence and impact of malnutrition in older people is underestimated. The best option for treating malnutrition is to enhance normal eating and drinking. A “Food First” approach encourages eating frequent, small, high energy and protein meals and snacks. Nutritional supplements for weight gain are generally not required unless body weight is unable to be maintained with a normal balanced diet, or if food cannot be eaten safely.

 Key concepts 

  • The incidence and impact of malnutrition in elderly people is underestimated
  • Routine screening for malnutrition should be implemented for people in at risk groups
  • “Food First” – eating small but frequent, high energy, high protein snacks and meals – is the first treatment option for elderly people who are malnourished
  • Use of oral nutritional supplements (ready-made sip feeds or powders which are mixed with water or milk) is generally not recommended until a Food First approach has been trialled
  • Nutrition support is recommended for malnourished people who are unable to maintain body weight by food intake alone
  • Oral nutritional supplements are a top-up to food intake rather than a replacement – they should be given between meals, not at meal times

Read article: http://www.bpac.org.nz/BPJ/2011/May/elderly.aspx

 

Project co-funded tby the European Commission under the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme with the budget of the Ministerio de Industria,
Energía y Turismo with the references AAL-2012-5-120, AAL-010000-2013-18 and AAL-010000-2013-4

 

AMBIENT ASSISTED LIVING JOINT PROGRAMMEFCTMINISTERIO DE INDUSTRIA ENERGIA Y TURISMO
Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della RicercaNarodowe Centrum Badań i RozwojuZonMw