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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | February 2018

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Physical, social and psychological causes of malnutrition in older adults

Physical, social and psychological causes of malnutrition in older adults
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Article topics: Diet, Malnutrition, Nutrition

One in ten older people in the UK are suffering from, or at risk of malnutrition. This relatively unknown, yet significant issue, costs the NHS £19.6 billion per year (Elia, 2015). Often overshadowed by obesity as a public health issue, malnutrition impacts a person’s wellbeing; leading to further problems, such as an increase in hospital admissions, increased dependency and increased risk to life.