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Weight Loss in Older Adults

Good nutrition is important for good health at all stages of life, including older age. The changes that take place in the body as it gets older and the effects of illness both have an impact on the general and nutritional well being of older people.

Being undernourished is common in older people who are admitted to hospital, in older people living in care homes and in some older people at home. Eating and drinking less because of poor appetite, swallowing problems or physical problems, and the need for more nutrients to help recover from illness may mean that meeting the body’s nutritional needs is hard. As a result older people may lose weight without meaning to.

Heath professionals should check for undernutrition (e.g. screen using ‘MUST’) and make sure older people have a care plan that addresses their needs. Older people themselves or their family and carers can help by talking to a health professional if food intake is less than normal or clothes, dentures or jewellery become loose, often a sign of weight loss. Eating small frequent meals and snacks may help and extra nutrients can be provided in a ready to drink oral nutritional supplement.

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