Nutritional Vulnerability in Older Adults: A Continuum of Concerns.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A nutritionally vulnerable older adult has a reduced physical reserve that limits the ability to mount a vigorous recovery in the face of an acute health threat or stressor. Often this vulnerability contributes to more medical complications, longer hospital stays, and increased likelihood of nursing home admission. We have characterized in this review the etiology of nutritional vulnerability across the continuum of the community, hospital, and long term care settings. Frail older adults may become less vulnerable with strong, consistent, and individualized nutritional care. Interventions for the vulnerable older adult must take their nutritional needs into account to optimize resiliency in the face of the acute and/or chronic health challenges they will surely face in their life course.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Porter Starr, KN; McDonald, SR; Bales, CW

Published Date

  • June 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 176 - 184

PubMed ID

  • 26042189

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4445877

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2161-3311

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s13668-015-0118-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States