A local study showed that 30% of Singapore's elderly living at home are malnourished. There are often misconceptions about ageing and weight loss.
According to this Straits Times article on nutrition, "One big mistake people often make is to assume that a loss of appetite and weight is part of ageing....A malnourished elderly person usually does not consume enough calories. Most are deficient in protein, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamins B6, B12, D, E and folate.
While often overlooked, malnutrition is a serious health concern among the elderly. They will take longer than a younger patient to recover from it, and they are at risk of adverse outcomes due to malnutrition. This includes infections, organ dysfunction and impaired healing, which may lead to longer hospital stays, re-admissions and higher health-care costs, said NUH’s Dr Lim".
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