The Dangers Of Elderly At Risk And Solutions

759 Words Feb 29th, 2016 4 Pages
This post is about the elderly and the risks that make them be a vulnerable group in our society. I will discuss the causes that put elderly at risk and solutions to avoid some of those risks.
Our nation is experiencing an increased growth in the older adult population, this brings the concern for their well-being since they are usually at risk for injuries and poor health in general. The elderly often have decreased and impaired mobility, visual or hearing deficit, numerous chronic health conditions, social and economic disadvantages, all of this can put them at risk for falls, poor nutrition, depression, and inability to live independently. According to Tabloski (2014), elderly may have decreased physical activity and need fewer calories but the need for minerals and vitamins does not change. Consuming proportionally balanced diet is very important since elderly may be at risk for malnutrition due to physiological alteration associated with old age (Strupeit, Meyer, Buss, Graske, Worch, & Wolf-Osterman, 2014). According to Strupeit et al. (2014), there was a study that was conducted on the nutritional status of older adults. In the study, it was found out that majority of malnutrition adults were found in long-term facilities. Further, Strupeit et al. (2014) stated that caregivers, especially nurses, working in long-term facilities need to be aware of increased risk of malnutrition in the elderly population. Some of the solutions for this problem include: performing the…
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