Heather H. Keller, RD, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.
Although the prevalence of malnutrition and, specifically, undernutrition are unknown among Canadian seniors, nutritional risk has been identified as a common problem. As nutritional risk can lead to malnutrition and all of its sequelae, efforts are needed to identify nutrition problems early in their course to improve the quality of life of seniors. The following article provides a variety of approaches for identifying nutritional problems, from simple indicators to a simplified and standardized nutritional assessment. Suggestions also are provided on how the practitioner can seek assistance with intervening and helping the senior to overcome these problems.
Key words: nutrition, older adults, screening, intervention, risk, weight.