A Narrative Review of Nutrition and Dietetics in Older Adults


  • Thanit Vinitchagoon Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University
  • Jinjuta Prasobtham Network of Fatless Belly Thais, The Royal College of Physicians of Thailand
  • Yanisa Poomsutas Clinical Nutrition Unit, Department of Medicine, Phramongkutklao Hospital
  • Passakorn Surapat Bang Kruai District Public Health Office, Nonthaburi


dietetics, nutrition, older adults


Thailand is one of the low and middle income countries currently facing the aging society. The increasing number of older adults brings along many health concerns, including nutrition-related problems, specifically malnutrition and non-communicable diseases. Major factors contributing to these problems include systemic changes associated with aging, along with inappropriate eating behavior and lifestyle. Nutrition interventions specifically targeted older adults are promising strategies to reduce the effects of nutrition-related problems among the elderly. This article aims to review current knowledge related to nutrition and dietetics for older adults. Nutritionists and dietitians play a significant role in assessing nutritional status, diagnosing nutritional issues, and planning appropriate interventions, such as, meal planning, nutrition counseling, and nutrition education. Nutrition professionals need to consider other factors influencing diet-related behaviors among older adults, in addition to the body of knowledge in nutrition and dietetics, for effective and sustainable behavioral changes at individual, community, and public health settings.


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Vinitchagoon, T., Prasobtham, J., Poomsutas, Y., & Surapat, P. (2020). A Narrative Review of Nutrition and Dietetics in Older Adults. Journal of Nutrition Association of Thailand, 55(1), 41–52. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JNAT/article/view/221172



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