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4th International Conference and Exhibition on Nutrition

Chicago, USA

Alison Burton Shepherd

Alison Burton Shepherd

De Montfort University, UK

Title: Preventing malnutrition in home dwelling elderly individuals

Biography

Biography: Alison Burton Shepherd

Abstract

Undernutrition is common among older people generally and arguably malnutrition is considered to be a larger public health problem than that of obesity. At any point in time it estimated more than 3 million individuals in United Kingdom are at risk of developing malnutrition with approximately 93% of those living in their own homes. Latest data from the USA (Gerontological Society of America 2015) also asserts that one third to half of all US adults in the community setting aged 65 years and over are malnourished or are at risk of malnutrition upon admission to hospital. Malnutrition is associated with both increased morbidity and mortality. Therefore it is prudent to suggest that prevention is better than cure. This presentation will begin by examining some of the causes of malnutrition in the elderly. The remainder of the session provides an in depth focused discussion on the role of healthcare clinicians in its assessment and prevention and recommends ways in which clinical practice may be improved.

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