The Side-Effects of Senior Malnutrition

The Side-Effects of Senior Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious senior health issue. The most recent report, released in 2020 using 2018 data, found that 5.3 million seniors, or 7.3% of the senior population, were food insecure in 2018.

Malnutrition in older adults can lead to a host of various health concerns, including:

  • A weak immune system, which increases a senior’s risk of infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Muscle weakness and decreased bone mass, which may lead to more falls and fractures
  • A higher risk of hospitalization
  • An increased risk of early death

There are a number of factors that may contribute to senior malnutrition. These include:

  • Normal age-related changes
  • Illness
  • Impairment in the ability to eat
  • Dementia
  • Medications
  • Restricted diets
  • Limited income
  • Reduced social contact
  • Limited access to food
  • Depression
  • Alcoholism

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