Chapter 10

Eating Capability Assessments in Elderly Populations

Laura Laguna1, Anwesha Sarkar1 and Jianshe Chen2,    1University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom,    2Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China

Abstract

During the course of a meal, one needs to exert numerous coordinated actions. The aging process implies physiologically weakened muscles, the lack of natural teeth, and poor movement coordination, all of which cause difficulties in the eating process. Then older individuals who have depleted capabilities are more vulnerable to suffer malnutrition and have their life quality compromised. This chapter describes eating capability (EC) as a measurable term that represents the practical capability of an individual in food handling ...

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