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- Under-nutrition is common among elderly Australians living in the community and at least 50% of people over the age of 80 have some form of malnutrition
- Acute illness in such individuals can trigger severe clinical consequences, with recovery likely to be difficult and delayed given the lack of nutritional reserve.
- Nutritional care of older people is generally poorly managed, under recognised, under diagnosed and under treated.
This information module is based on the work of dietitian Ngaire Hobbins and her book: Eat to Cheat Ageing
and addresses the following key points to staying healthier as we get older:
- Avoid losing weight
- Maintain muscle strength
- Eat protein at every meal ; and
- Have lots of colour on your plate