- Journal of Gerontological Nursing
- March 2011 - Volume 37 · Issue 3: 22-33
Weight loss is common among nursing home residents. Food intake is often inadequate for elderly residents but is only one of several factors contributing to potential weight loss. Three common issues resulting in weight loss include starvation (or wasting), cachexia, and sarcopenia. Significant weight loss leads to increased mortality, increased morbidity, and decreased quality of life. The purpose of this article is to discuss the geriatric syndrome of weight loss in elderly nursing home residents and provide recommendations to decrease and prevent weight loss. A list of available evidence-based protocols related to weight loss issues is provided.
Dr. Dyck is Associate Professor, Mennonite College of Nursing, and Dr. Schumacher is Assistant Professor and Dietetic Internship Director, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.
The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.
Address correspondence to Mary J. Dyck, PhD, RN, LNHA, Associate Professor, Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5815, Normal, IL 61790-5815; e-mail: .firstname.lastname@example.org