Nutritional Status in Elderly People Admitted to Community Residential Homes: Comparisons between two Cohorts
2006 (English)In: Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, ISSN 1279-7707, Vol. 10, no 3, 232-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim was to describe nutritional status and socio-demographic and medical data in people whowere newly admitted to community residential homes (cohort 2), and to compare the results with a previous studyperformed in the same municipality four years earlier (cohort 1). One hundred and twenty-seven people, 65 yearsof age, or older, newly admitted to residential homes in a municipality in the southern part of Sweden, wereconsecutively included. Nutritional status was assessed, using a combination of anthropometry and serum proteinmeasurements and by Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA). The results showed that 32 % of the residents incohort 2 were assessed as protein-energy malnourished (PEM), compared with 38 % in cohort 1. Body massindex, psychological stress or acute disease, and reduced fluid intake were items in MNA which had power topredict PEM. Residents in cohort 2, diagnosed as having severe medical diseases, increased as well as residentswith neuropsychological problems. Simultaneously, the number living in residential homes decreased, ascompared to cohort 1. These differences indicate that the admission criteria have changed between cohorts 1 and 2.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 10, no 3, 232-238 p.
Elderly people, nutritional status, entering community care, comparison
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14014DiVA: diva2:22466