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A Brief Intervention for Malnutrition among Older Adults: Stepping Up Your Nutrition

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Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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School of Public Health, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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College of Public Health, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec, Quebec City, QC G1V 5B3, Canada
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Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence, Salisbury, MD 21804, USA
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Maryland Department of Aging, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3590; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103590
Received: 12 March 2020 / Revised: 16 May 2020 / Accepted: 17 May 2020 / Published: 20 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Aging and Public Health)
Despite a multitude of nutritional risk factors among older adults, there is a lack of community-based programs and activities that screen for malnutrition and address modifiable risk among this vulnerable population. Given the known association of protein and fluid consumption with fall-related risk among older adults and the high prevalence of falls among Americans age 65 years and older each year, a brief intervention was created. Stepping Up Your Nutrition (SUYN) is a 2.5 h workshop developed through a public/private partnership to motivate older adults to reduce their malnutrition risk. The purposes of this naturalistic workshop dissemination were to: (1) describe the SUYN brief intervention; (2) identify participant characteristics associated with malnutrition risk; and (3) identify participant characteristics associated with subsequent participation in Stepping On (SO), an evidence-based fall prevention program. Data were analyzed from 429 SUYN participants, of which 38% (n = 163) subsequently attended SO. As measured by the SCREEN II®, high and moderate malnutrition risk scores were reported among approximately 71% and 20% of SUYN participants, respectively. Of the SUYN participants with high malnutrition risk, a significantly larger proportion attended a subsequent SO workshop (79.1%) compared to SUYN participants who did not proceed to SO (65.8%) (χ2 = 8.73, p = 0.013). Findings suggest SUYN may help to identify malnutrition risk among community-dwelling older adults and link them to needed services like evidence-based programs. Efforts are needed to expand the delivery infrastructure of SUYN to reach more at-risk older adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: malnutrition; nutrition risk; falls; fall prevention; intervention; older adults malnutrition; nutrition risk; falls; fall prevention; intervention; older adults
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Smith, M.L.; Bergeron, C.D.; Lachenmayr, S.; Eagle, L.A.; Simon, J.R. A Brief Intervention for Malnutrition among Older Adults: Stepping Up Your Nutrition. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3590. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103590

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Smith ML, Bergeron CD, Lachenmayr S, Eagle LA, Simon JR. A Brief Intervention for Malnutrition among Older Adults: Stepping Up Your Nutrition. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(10):3590. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103590

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Smith, Matthew L., Caroline D. Bergeron, Sue Lachenmayr, Leigh A. Eagle, and Judy R. Simon 2020. "A Brief Intervention for Malnutrition among Older Adults: Stepping Up Your Nutrition" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 10: 3590. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103590

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