Nutritional Problems in the Elderly

  • Cornelius J. Foley
  • Rein Tideiksaar


The intent of this chapter is to provide insights to the difficulties inherent in assessing the nutritional status of the elderly. It advocates caution in the interpretation of current age-related nutrition data. The confusing overlap of age with disease is discussed to highlight these difficulties of interpretation. Approaches to assessing estimates of nutritional status and the current nutritional recommendations in the elderly are presented. Finally, geriatric information is provided on areas of broad clinical concern such as nutritional history taking, the hazards of the kitchen, and the interactions of drugs with nutrients. The summary details future research imperatives.


Nutritional Status Lean Body Mass Basal Metabolic Rate Dietary History Nutritional Problem 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cornelius J. Foley
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rein Tideiksaar
    • 4
  1. 1.Jewish Institute for Geriatric CareNew Hyde ParkUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineState University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.Long Island Jewish and Hillside Medical CenterNew Hyde ParkUSA
  4. 4.Department of Geriatrics and Adult DevelopmentMt. Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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