The surge in interest in aging research has led to a growing awareness of the importance of adequate nutritional status in the elderly. This paper highlights the current state of our knowledge of nutrition in the older adult with regard to age-related alterations in nutritional status, the effects of altered nutritional status on the general well-being of the elderly, and the contributions of alcohol and drugs to altered nutritional status. Nutritional assessment techniques used for the elderly and directions for future research are discussed.
Key wordsNutrition elderly
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