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Elderly People, Golden Age:

Nutritional assessment

Although malnutrition is not a normal consequence of aging, usually appears at this stage and is manifested as a decrease in lean mass, increased fat, decreased metabolism, decreased taste and smell, and so on. Therefore, the dietitian can develop a personalized eating plan to prevent complications of poor nutrition.

It consists on reviewing from a proper oral health, to rule out diseases such as nutritional deficiencies, depression and cancer. It is important to note that family support is important in feeding elderly patients; they need someone who can support them in this activity.

The assessment includes: Eating plan, Anthropometry modified for senior patients, assessment using clinical and laboratory results, special scales for 3rd age, explanation to the patient and family and follow-up appointments.