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Unanswered Questions will be Highlighted in Red.
1. Has food intake declined over the past 3 months due to loss of appetite, digestive problems, chewing or swallowing difficulties?
2. Weight loss during last months

3. Mobility
4. Has suffered psychological stress or acute disease in the past 3 months
5. Neuropsychological problems
6. Body Mass Index (BMI) (weight in kg) / (height in m)2 [Calculate Your Body Mass Index Please CLICK HERE]
7. Lives independently (not in a nursing home or hospital)
8. Takes more than 3 prescription drugs per day
9. Pressure sores or skin ulcers
10. How many full meals does the patient eat daily?
11. At least one serving of dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) per day?
12. Two or more serving of legumes or eggs per week?
13. Meat, fish or poultry every day
14. Consumes two or more servings of fruits or vegetables per day?
15. How much fluid (water, juice, coffee, tea, milk…) is consumed per day?
16. Mode of feeding
17. Self view of nutritional status
18. In comparison with other people of the same age, how do they consider their health status?
19. Mid-arm circumference (MAC) in cm
20. Calf circumference (CC) in cm
Nutritional Evaluation in Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

The standard gerontological evaluation of overall health status in the elderly employs simple, rapid, inexpensive and internationally validated scales for rating cognitive function, functional status, walking, balance, and socio-economic status. Corrective intervention helps to lower mortality, improve quality of life and save healthcare costs.

The standard gerontological evaluation should incorporate nutritional assessment since malnutrition is a prognostic factor closely related to mortality and morbidity. Moreover, the prevalence of malnutrition relatively low in free-living elderly (5–8 %) rises considerably (30–60 %) in hospitalised or institutionalised elderly. Since current nutrition assessment tools comprising clinical evaluation, anthropometrics, dietary recall and laboratory investigation are lengthy and expensive, the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) was developed. This tool is easy to use and inexpensive.

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