The Crossroads of Aging: An Intersection of Malnutrition, Frailty, and Sarcopenia

Richard Severin, Patrick M. Berner, Kenneth Lawrence Miller, Jacob Mey

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Abstract

The intersectional relationship between malnutrition, frailty, and sarcopenia in older adults presents unique challenges for health care providers. Malnutrition, specifically, is a leading risk factor for disability, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. Despite improvements in screening procedures, many older adults at risk for malnutrition are not identified, which prevents effective management. Utilizing interdisciplinary approaches toward malnutrition screening is both effective and feasible. Physical therapists can play an important role in both the identification and management of malnutrition in older adults by remaining aware of common nutritional concerns in older adults and performing routine malnutrition screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • geriatrics
  • interdisciplinary care
  • malnutrition
  • nutrition
  • physiotherapy
  • sarcopenia

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