Special Issue "Nutrition Disorders in Older Adults"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
Interests: clinical nutrition; rehabilitation nutrition; malnutrition in older adults; nutritional screening and assessment; nutrition care process; guideline development; sarcopenia
Older adults often experience nutrition disorders such as malnutrition (undernutrition), micronutrient abnormalities, and obesity/overweight. These problems can be caused by multiple factors, including physiological changes in taste and smell, delayed gastric excretion, inflammation from acute/chronic disease or trauma, polypharmacy, lack of exercise, and unnecessary/inappropriate dietary restrictions. Lack of awareness of nutritional disorders among the individual, caregivers, and healthcare providers can exacerbate these conditions.
Numerous studies have shown that malnutrition is associated with mortality, overall complications, incidence of pressure ulcers, physical and cognitive decline, reduced ability to perform activities of daily living, and reduced quality of life in older adults. Therefore, how to screen, evaluate, and treat malnutrition in the older adults has become an urgent issue in an aging society. However, studies reported to date are inconsistent as to whether obesity/overweight has a positive or negative impact on outcomes in older adults. More research is needed to examine the impact of overweight/obesity on the health of older adults and the optimal assessment and intervention strategies for weight management.
This Special Issue focuses on 1) the association between nutrition disorders and health, functioning, quality of life, and socio-economic burden in older adults in all settings (e.g., hospital, institutional, and community); 2) appropriate methods to screen and assess nutrition disorders; and 3) the effectiveness and efficiency of nutritional interventions for nutritional disorders, with or without other interventions (e.g., rehabilitation therapy, medication, social support). Issues related to sarcopenia, sarcopenic obesity, cachexia, and frailty in the context of nutrition are also welcome.
Dr. Shinta Nishioka
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- older adults
- malnutrition (undernutrition)
- micronutrient abnormalities
- sarcopenic obesity