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Include the topic of Malnutrition Prevention in the Healthy Aging and Long Term Services and Supports sections of the conference agenda

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We applaud the White House for organizing the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and for drawing attention to issues important to the aging community, including retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice. 

We draw your attention to the fact that that malnutrition is a growing, serious, and costly health crisis in the US.  Given that as many as 1 in 3 hospitalized patients are malnourished upon admission to the hospital and patients with malnutrition and weight loss are at increased risk for hospital readmission[1] we encourage the White House to include the topic of Malnutrition Prevention in the Healthy Aging and Long Term Services and Supports sections of the conference agenda.  Malnutrition is a key indicator of older adult health and as identified in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging National Listening Session on nutrition held in January, there is need for a more systematic approach to identify, prevent, and treat malnutrition with a range of community and institution-based nutrition interventions.

 

Malnutrition can lead to negative health consequences including:

·      Impaired wound healing

·      Increased susceptibility to illness and infection

·      Longer hospital stays

·      Increased hospital readmissions

·      Prolonged stays in rehabilitation facilities

 

Malnutrition is an urgent health crisis in the US, yet is also preventable and treatable.  Please consider addressing Malnutrition Prevention during the 2015 conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1] Tappenden KA, Quatrara B, Parkhurst ML, Malone AM, Fanjiang G, Ziegler TR. Critical Role of Nutrition in Improving Quality of Care: An Interdisciplinary Call to Action to Address Adult Hospital Malnutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2013 Jul; 37(4):482-97. doi: 10.1177/0148607113484066. Epub 2013 Jun 4.

 



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