Nursing assessment most adults find themselves eating on the run or relying massively on fast foods with lower nutritional components older people living independently may not have the drive to prepare a meal for themselves refer to a dietitian for complete nutrition assessment and methods for nutritional support. Older adults are at risk for compromised nutritional status because of physical changes associated with aging as well as cognitive psychological and social factors such as dementia depression isolation and limited income malnutrition negatively affects quality of life increases health care costs and increases the risk of short term mortality. Malnutrition is in fact a greater threat to this population than obesity this article reviews the intake requirements of older adults and discusses the risk factors that can lead to malnutrition including diet limited income isolation chronic illness and physiologic changes assessment and nursing interventions are also addressed. Chapter 47 nutrition 1279 nursing care plan nutrition continued nursing interventions selected activities rationale evaluation help mrs santini to consider factors of age past eating experi ences culture and finances in planning ways to meet nutritional requirements discuss mrs santinis knowledge of the basic four food groups as
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