The intersectional relationship between malnutrition, frailty, and sarcopenia in older adults presents unique challenges for health care providers. Malnutrition, specifically, is a leading risk factor for disability, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. Despite improvements in screening procedures, many older adults at risk for malnutrition are not identified, which prevents effective management. Utilizing interdisciplinary approaches toward malnutrition screening is both effective and feasible. Physical therapists can play an important role in both the identification and management of malnutrition in older adults by remaining aware of common nutritional concerns in older adults and performing routine malnutrition screening.
Rehabilitation Science, Department of Physical Therapy, The University of Illinois-Chicago (Dr Severin); Department of Physical Therapy, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (Dr Severin); Fuel Physio, LLC, Taylors, South Carolina (Dr Berner); DPT Program, Touro College, Bay Shore, New York (Dr Miller); Catholic Home Care, Farmingdale, New York (Dr Miller); Integrated Physiology and Molecular Medicine, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Dr Mey); and Inflammation and Immunity, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio (Dr Mey).
Correspondence: Jacob Mey, PhD, RD, Integrated Physiology and Molecular Medicine, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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