As the world's older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, another 10,000 Americans turn age 65 every day. Good nutrition is essential to support healthy aging, but one out of every two older adults is malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. In this webinar, leaders from the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics outline an advocacy agenda to reduce older adult malnutrition and increase quality measurements of the problem.
They will share specific ways to advance healthy aging by improving the quality of care against malnutrition across the health continuum. It starts in the hospital, where the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should adopt a global malnutrition composite score (GMCS) measure to help identify acute-care institutions that provide timely and effective malnutrition care. At the community level, increased funding and support for nutrition programs are needed to help reduce malnutrition and increase access to care in vulnerable populations.
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Describe the problem of older adult malnutrition and its potential impact on healthy aging and quality of care outcomes.
• Identify resources for action, including a new advocacy toolkit.
• Outline gaps in malnutrition quality of care and explain how they can be improved with adoption of the global malnutrition composite score measure in acute-care institutions.
• Identify where further funding and support is needed to help improve malnutrition care access and intervention at the community level.
This webinar is sponsored by Abbott and held in conjunction with the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition.