Nutrition Risk Measured Online in Community-Living Older Australians

Dana L. Craven, Fiona E. Pelly, Geoff P. Lovell, Elisabeth Isenring

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Abstract

Many community-living older adults experience the condition of malnutrition and the causes are complex and multi-factorial. This study examined nutrition risk in a sample of community-living older Australians (n = 77, age ≥65 years) using an online, self-administered survey consisting of two validated questionnaires (SCREEN II and SF-12). We found a significant relationship between health status and nutrition risk; those with higher self-rated health status had lower nutrition risk. Forty percent of the participants were categorized at high nutritional risk, 26% at moderate nutritional risk and 34% not at nutritional risk. The most common nutrition risk factors were: (i) weight perception (perceiving weight to be more than it should); (ii) food avoidance; (iii) low intake of milk, milk products and alternatives; and (iv) finding meal preparation a chore. Many nutrition-risk factors were consistent with population survey data highlighting the need for greater awareness of nutritional requirements for healthy ageing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-254
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume37
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Health Status
Milk
Weight Perception
Nutritional Requirements
Malnutrition
Meals
Weights and Measures
Food
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Community
  • independent
  • nutrition risks
  • older adults
  • online screening

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Craven, Dana L. ; Pelly, Fiona E. ; Lovell, Geoff P. ; Isenring, Elisabeth. / Nutrition Risk Measured Online in Community-Living Older Australians. In: Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2018 ; Vol. 37, No. 3-4. pp. 241-254.
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In: Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vol. 37, No. 3-4, 02.10.2018, p. 241-254.

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