Fast Five Quiz: Presentation and Diagnosis of Nutrition and Malnutrition in Older Adults

Nadia Ali, MD, MPH


July 13, 2021

Malnutrition in older adults is commonly seen in the hospital, nursing home and community settings. It may manifest when a deficiency of caloric, vitamin, mineral, protein, water, and/or nutrient uptake occurs. There is no set definition for malnutrition, but a body mass index less than 20 kg/m2 or more than 27 kg/m2 is sometimes an indicator. Malnutrition has a deleterious effect on functional status, so the prevention and early recognition of nutritional deficiency are essential in their successful rehabilitation.

Can you recognize the signs of nutritional deficiency in older adults? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.


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