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First Annual Massachusetts Malnutrition Awareness Week

Seniors eating together at the Petersham Luncheon ClubEnjoy a nutritious meal at your local senior center, dining center, or if you can't get to one, call LifePath about getting a meal delivered to your home.

May 13 – 17, 2019

In celebration of Older Americans Month in May, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and LifePath would like to extend an invitation to participate in the First Annual Massachusetts Malnutrition Awareness Week.

Poor nutrition is common among older adults, especially those who have been hospitalized, but it also affects elders who live at home. Malnutrition affects 20 – 50% of patients admitted to hospitals and often leads to complications pre- and post-surgery, as well as longer hospital and rehabilitation stays for people with chronic illness.

Risk factors of malnutrition include poor appetite, low weight and unintentional weight loss (although it can affect overweight people as well), loss of muscle and fat, bone loss contributing to falls and fractures, and not enough healthy food available due to lack of money to afford food and not being able to get to the store or prepare meals.

Would you know how to identify the signs of malnutrition in a family member or friend?

We invite you to attend one of LifePath’s sessions to help identify malnutrition. Presentations by Karen Lentner, MA, RD, LDN, LifePath’s Nutritionist, will include information about the signs of malnutrition and how to prevent it; individual malnutrition risk screenings; healthy diet information; healthy snacks; and more.

“Malnutrition affects 20 – 50% of patients admitted to hospitals and often leads to complications pre- and post-surgery.”

LifePath will host three sessions on Malnutrition Awareness:

Registration is requested but not required at each session.

Malnutrition Awareness Week™ is a mark of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Used with permission from ASPEN.