Malnutrition and the Elderly Is Topic of Presentation at Clinical Nutrition Week 2010

Michelle Menovich, a master’s student in Steinhardt’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, represented NYU at Clinical Nutrition Week 2010, a conference sponsored by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) this past February. Menovich gave a presentation about research she performed with Steinhardt Assistant Professor Aoife Ryan and undergraduate students.

The presentation was an excerpt from the team’s research paper on malnutrition and the elderly.

The research presented studied 401 elderly patients admitted to a Manhattan acute care hospital over a 2-month period and found that almost half were at risk of malnutrition. Poor nutritional status was associated with a longer hospital stay and increased patients’ risk of dying.

“While we constantly read about the obesity problem in the media there is little research on nutritional status in hospitalized patients, in particular the elderly who can suffer negative consequences of weight loss and malnutrition, especially during illness,” Aoife said.

Photo: Michelle Menovich at ASPEN’s Clinical Nutrition Week 2010.