Malnutrition A Hidden Epidemic in Older Adults
Malnutrition in older adults is not so obvious. This population is particularly at risk, often from chronic conditions that leave them vulnerable to malnutrition.
The U.S. spends more than $51 billion in health care costs each year for disease-associated malnutrition in older adults. Why does this matter? Over 65% of hospitalized older adults could face malnutrition.
Older adults are at greater risk for malnutrition and poorer outcomes, including more frequent hospitalizations and increased likelihood of being in long-term care facilities.
Watch this short video to learn about malnutrition’s risk, impact on older adults, tips, and treatment and prevention.