Special Issue "Nutrition for Older People"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stijn Soenen
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Guest Editor
1. Bond University Nutrition and Dietetics (BUND) Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine (HSM), Bond University, Queensland, Australia
2. Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health, Discipline of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), Australia
Interests: malnutrition (obesity and undernutrition), macronutrients, energy balance, body composition, function, dietary protein, gut hormones, type 2 diabetes, ageing
Dr. Skye Marshall
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Robina, Australia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The populations of Western countries are ageing rapidly. The ageing process causes many physical and psychological changes, such as decreased food intake and increased comorbities, which place older adults at higher risk of nutrition-related disease. The prevalence of many nutrition-related chronic conditions, including gastrointestinal disease, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disease, arthritis, cancer, and declined brain function, is high in people of advanced age and represents a major source of morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs.

This Special Issue seeks papers on nutrition in older people, including the evaluation of nutrition assessment and diagnostic methods, dietary interventions for improved healthy ageing or chronic disease management, and epidemiological and mechanistic studies. Original research, systematic reviews, and high-quality narrative reviews will be considered.

Dr. Stijn Soenen
Dr. Skye Marshall
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Ageing
  • Aged care
  • Geriatric rehabilitation
  • Screening
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Cost-efficacy
  • Cost-benefit
  • Caregiver
  • Health
  • Quality of life
  • Chronic disease
  • Obesity
  • Protein-energy malnutrition
  • Sarcopenia
  • Frailty
  • Cachexia
  • Cognitive function
  • Body composition
  • Physical function
  • Gut function
  • Nutrition intervention
  • Macronutrients
  • Micronutrients

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Prevalence and Determinants of Undernutrition in A Sample of Dutch Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Results from Two Online Screening Tools
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(9), 1562; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16091562 - 04 May 2019
Abstract
To stimulate undernutrition screening among Dutch community-dwelling adults, a website was developed with general information on healthy eating for healthy aging and self-tests. Based on cross-sectional data obtained from the self-tests, we studied nutritional risk factors (early determinants) as well as risk of [...] Read more.
To stimulate undernutrition screening among Dutch community-dwelling adults, a website was developed with general information on healthy eating for healthy aging and self-tests. Based on cross-sectional data obtained from the self-tests, we studied nutritional risk factors (early determinants) as well as risk of undernutrition (late symptoms). SCREEN II (n = 2470) was used to asses nutritional risk factors. This tool consists of 16 items regarding nutritional intake, perception of body weight, appetite, oral health and meal preparation. An adjusted SNAQ65+ (n = 687) was used to assess risk of undernutrition. This four-item tool contains questions on weight loss, appetite, walking stairs and body mass index. Differences between age-groups (65–74, 75–84, ≥85) were tested by logistic regression. Overall prevalence of nutritional risk factors was 84.1%, and increased risk of undernutrition was 56.8%. Participants aged ≥85 scored worst on almost all items of the SCREEN II and the SNAQ65+. In conclusion: A large proportion of older adults reported early determinants for increased nutrition risk, while a smaller, yet remarkable proportion scored positive on undernutrition risk. Internet screening may be a useful, contemporary, and easy, accessible way to reach older adults who are at nutritional risk and may thus contribute to early identification and prevention of undernutrition. Full article
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