There are many factors that impact on an older adult's nutrition: dentition, social isolation and even education level, can play a big part in whether an individual is at risk of malnutrition. Dr Sandra Iuliano-Burns explores common reasons for malnutrition in older adults and provides nursing interventions that can be implemented to minimise harm to our clients, colleagues, and family members.
Dr Sandra Iuliano-Burns (PhD) is a researcher at the University of Melbourne based at Austin Health. Her work focuses on the benefits of improved nutrition on falls and fracture risk in the elderly, especially those in aged care. Her current trial involves 60 aged-care facilities throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria and it is providing valuable insight into the rates of malnutrition in the elderly in aged care, the causes, effects and potential remedies.