Starvation alarm for the elderly

15,000 elderly in geriatric care are in danger of dying of starvation.
– It’s very conservative estimate, says Yngve Gustafson, professor of geriatrics.

Around 15,000 elderly in geriatric care are suffering from malnutrition so severe that they risk dying of starvation and diseases related to malnutrition. It reveals Yngve Gustafson, professor of geriatric medicine at Umeå University.



“Severe malnutrition”

He is responsible for a new trial in which 832 older people were included in a representative sample. They live in nursing homes or at home using home care and researchers have met them all.
– Our survey shows that 13 percent of them suffered from severe malnutrition, says Yngve Gustafson.
The statement that 15,000 elderly people in Sweden can be hit by famine based on this investigation.
– It is completely unacceptable. This is going to prevent.

Solid in 16 hours

Yngve Gustafson says that some old studies show that it can move on it dubbal number.
– We know that more than half of the elderly in Swedish nursing homes are malnourished, he says to SVT.
The causes of hunger are multiple. One is the long night fasting as many old exposed – the time that passes between the last meal one day and breakfast the following morning.
For Georg Norberg was night fasting 16.5 hours long. He appeared Wednesday in “Sweden’s best retirement home – a year later” in SVT. George Smith lives on the mountain retirement home in Lycksele.

Yngve Gustafson talks about some elderly in northern Sweden where the average night fasting a few years ago was as high as 17.5 hours. This meant that the old just got to eat for 6, 5 hours.
– Then you do not survive, he said.
– Night Fasting should be no more than eleven hours.

“Required higher staffing”

Malnutrition impairs the immune system and increases the risk of infections. George had a life-threatening infection and lost all that he has built up through exercise.
Although cases of accidents increases with malnutrition among old.
– The most serious is that they become depressed. It can also lead to dementia.

Elderly people are more difficult to assimilate nutrients and need to eat more often and for a longer period of time. In order to prevent starvation among the elderly needed major changes.
– It requires higher staffing levels and working hours among staff. But one must also make individual assessments of each individual, says Yngve Gustafson.