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  1. DiMaria-Ghalili, Rose Ann PhD, RN, CNSN
  2. Amella, Elaine PhD, APRN, BC


OVERVIEW: Both physiologic and psychosocial changes affect the nutritional status of adults over the age of 65. Malnutrition is, in fact, a greater threat to this population than obesity. This article reviews the intake requirements of older adults and discusses the risk factors that can lead to malnutrition, including diet, limited income, isolation, chronic illness, and physiologic changes. Assessment and nursing interventions are also addressed.