Nutritional deficiencies often coincide with frailty in older adults. Good nutrition is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. If an older adult’s diet is insufficient in vitamins, minerals, macronutrients or energy to meet their body’s requirements, they may be at risk for malnutrition. (1)
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia can occur insidiously and surreptitiously in the elderly. Eating disorders can be overlooked especially if a diet history is not taken. Older adults are often malnourished and undertreated. Older patients who depend on others for their daily care are more likely to suffer unintended weight loss.
Oral health is an important part of overall health. There is growing evidence linking periodontal (gum) disease to a variety of serious health conditions including heart disease, stroke and respiratory disorders. (5)