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“I Don’t Feel Like Myself”: Treating Frailty in the Elderly With Diet

Firnhaber, Gina C. MSN, MLS, MPH, RN; Kolasa, Kathryn M. PhD, RDN, LDN

doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000182

Attention to the role diet and nutrition play in frailty may help older adults better perform basic activities of daily living, have a better quality of life, and delay disability. While there are no well-accepted guidelines for the prevention and treatment of frailty, providing patients with strategies for improving their diets may help them prevent, delay, reduce, or reverse prefrailty and frailty. In this article, we present the case of an older adult who might benefit from frailty assessment and dietary counseling.

Gina C. Firnhaber MSN, MLS, MPH, RN, is a research librarian and information specialist at Laupus Health Sciences Library and a PhD candidate in the Department of Nursing at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RDN, LDN, is professor emeritus, Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, and a contributing editor to Nutrition Today.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RDN, LDN, 3080 Dartmouth Dr, Greenville, NC 27858 (

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