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.
A coalition of over 100 organizations and stakeholders working to defeat older adult malnutrition.