Nutritional status and cognitive impairment in elderly

Ghazi Daradkeh, Musthafa M. Essa, S. Samir Al-Adawi, Roopa P. Koshy, Abdullah Al-Asmi, Mostafa I. Waly

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The elderly population is increasing worldwide and it has been suggested that senior citizens will continue to constitute the bulk of the population in many countries. Nutritional status of senior citizens are adversely affected by their frailty, chronic condition and declining cognitive functioning. Conversely, malnourished elderly further deteriorate their frailty, chronic disease and cognitive functioning. The aim of this review article is to recognize the importance of nutritional assessment of elderly population particularly those with cognitive impairment. First part is to highlight characteristic cognitive impairment among senior citizens and the second one highlight t he background in which malnutrition is a factor that leads to increased risk of morbidity and mortality in the elderly. This review also highlight salgorithms for safeguarding nutritional status among senior citizen and focuses on importance of nutritional screening, assessment and early intervention for safeguarding further deterioration of elderly who are likely to prone to cognitive impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1098-1105
Number of pages8
JournalPakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Dementia
  • Elderly
  • Geriatric
  • Malnutrition
  • Mini-nutritional assessment
  • Oman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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