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Nutrition and Functional Foods for Healthy Aging by Ronald Ross Watson

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Chapter 9

Assessment of Nutritional Status in the Elderly

Teresa Kokot1, Ewa Malczyk2, Ewa Ziółko1, Małgorzata Muc-Wierzgoń1 and Edyta Fatyga1,    1Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Katowice, Poland,    2University of Applied Sciences, Nysa, Poland

Abstract

Assessing the nutritional status of elderly patients is an integral component of a comprehensive geriatric assessment. Anthropometric measurements, body composition estimation, and questionnaires such as the MNA, MST, NRI, and PINI are useful methods for assessing nutritional status in seniors. The aim of this paper is to provide methods of nutritional status assessment. Although there are many methods for assessing seniors’ nutritional status, so far we have failed to develop a “gold ...

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