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Up to 1 out of 2 older Americans are at risk for malnutrition. Malnutrition can worsen chronic conditions and make it difficult for older adults to remain independent. In a recent study, 47% of frail older adult presenting to the Emergency Department with a fall were malnourished and malnutrition was associated with an increased risk of falls for these individuals.

All health professionals should screen older adults for malnutrition and, if positive, refer to a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) for an assessment.

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Last Updated: 2/7/23