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Geriatric Nutrition Checklist

Aka: Geriatric Nutrition Checklist, Nutritional Health Checklist
  1. Indication
    1. Assess nutritional status of older adults
  2. Criteria: Assign points if positive
    1. Illness affects diet (2 points)
    2. Less than 2 meals daily (3 points)
    3. Eat few fruits, vegetables, milk (2 points)
    4. Three or more Alcoholic drinks daily (2 points)
    5. Teeth or mouth interfere with eating (2 points)
    6. Lack of money limits access to food (4 points)
    7. Eats alone at most meals (1 point)
    8. Three or more medications taken daily (1 point)
    9. Unintentional Weight Loss or gain of 10 pounds or more in the last 6 months (2 points)
    10. Physical limitations interfere with shopping, cooking, or eating (2 points)
  3. Interpretation
    1. High nutritional risk: 6 or more points
    2. Moderate nutritional risk: 3-5 points
    3. Low nutritional risk (good nutrition): 0-2 points
  4. Resources
    1. Mini-Nutritional Assessment
  5. References
    1. Elsawy (2011) Am Fam Physician 83:48-56 [PubMed]

Nutrition for Seniors (C1456671)

Definition (MEDLINEPLUS)

Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers. As you age, you might need less energy. But you still need just as many of the nutrients in food. To get them

  • Choose a variety of healthy foods
  • Avoid empty calories, which are foods with lots of calories but few nutrients, such as chips, cookies, soda and alcohol
  • Pick foods that are low in cholesterol and fat, especially saturated and trans fats

Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals. Look for trans fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines and shortenings.

NIH: National Institute on Aging

Concepts Group Attribute (T102)
English Nutrition for Seniors, Seniors' Nutrition
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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