Surprisingly common in elderly people, malnutrition concerns are growing. The Journal of the American Geriatric Society reported that six percent of the elderly who live at home in the U.S. and other developed countries are lacking in nourishment, and the numbers are worse for elderly populations in hospitals. The causes are complex, though. Illness, disability, social isolation, poverty — often a combination of these — can all contribute to malnutrition. An elderly person may lose interest in eating or simply feel a lack of hunger.
Even obese and overweight seniors are not exempt from this. Eating too many calories doesn't necessarily mean they’re getting the right ones to maintain healthy muscles and bones. Malnourishment leads to increased risk of illness, frailty, and infection. Seniors are admitted to the hospital more frequently and recover more slowly. Quality of life improves with proper nutrition and also keeps down adult care costs from visiting the hospital.
Malnourished seniors generate hospital bills ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 higher than other age groups according to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. At Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers, we provide meal and snack services to meet dietary needs of any and all our adult care clients, including diabetic and low sodium meals. We promise healthy and hot meals so that caregivers have one less thing to worry about while their loved ones are in our care. To inquire about meals and other services, please contact Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers by leaving a message on our website or calling (702) 319-4600.