This article forms part of a series looking at the relationship
between diet and good health, and the role of the dietician in
the primary health care team. This review highlights some of the
physical, social and medical factors that can indicate compromised
nutritional status in the elderly, the screening tools available to
detect malnutrition, and when to involve a dietician.
Malnutrition is broadly defined as a nutritional deficit (undernutrition), excess (overnutrition) or imbalance.1,2 Malnutrition and unintentional weight loss are issues frequently underestimated in older people that can be limited, managed and controlled by timely nutrition intervention.
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