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The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 277–279 | Cite as

Malnutrition and falls risk in community-dwelling older adults

  • Elisabeth IsenringEmail author
  • J. Baker
  • G. Kerr
Article

Abstract

Background and Aims

Falls and fall-related injuries result in reduced functioning, loss of independence, premature nursing home admissions and mortality. Malnutrition is associated with falls in the acute setting, but little is known about malnutrition and falls risk in the community. The aim of this study was to assess the association between malnutrition risk, falls risk and falls over a one-year period in community-dwelling older adults.

Methods

Two hundred and fifty four subjects >65 years of age were recruited to participate in a study in order to identify risk factors for falls. Malnutrition risk was determined using the Mini Nutritional Assessment-Short Form.

Results

28.6% had experienced a fall and according to the Mini Nutritional Assessment-Short Form 3.9% (n=10) of subjects were at risk of malnutrition. There were no associations between malnutrition risk, the risk of falls, nor actual falls in healthy older adults in the community setting.

Conclusions

There was a low prevalence of malnutrition risk in this sample of community-dwelling older adults and no association between nutritional risk and falls. Screening as part of a falls prevention program should focus on the risk of developing malnutrition as this is associated with falls.

Key words

Malnutrition falls elderly MNA-SF nutritional status 

Non Standard Abbreviations

MNA-SF

Mini Nutritional Assessment-Short Form

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© Serdi and Springer-Verlag France 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Health and Biomedical InnovationQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Human Movement StudiesUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Princess Alexandra HospitalQueensland HealthBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.School of Exercise and Nutrition ScienceQueensland University of TechnologySt LuciaAustralia
  5. 5.School of Human Movements StudiesUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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