Chapter 23. Nutritional Disorders and the Older Person

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine2,
  2. Paul Jansen3 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni4
  1. Robert K. Penhall and
  2. Renuka Visvanathan

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch23

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

Penhall, R. K. and Visvanathan, R. (2009) Nutritional Disorders and the Older Person, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Geriatric and Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • nutritional disorders and older person;
  • obesity and the older person;
  • body mass index (BMI) - define overweight and obesity;
  • nutritional frailty;
  • under-nutrition in older people;
  • screening and assessment of under-nutrition;
  • non-pharmacological managment;
  • percutaneous enteral gastrostomy (PEG) feeding;
  • monitoring for improvement or adverse effects essential


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Obesity and the older person

  • Nutritional frailty

  • Under-nutrition in older people

  • Screening and assessment of under-nutrition

  • The management of the under-nourished older person

  • Monitoring and change

  • Conclusion

  • References