Navigation Links
Mealtime interaction encourages hospitalized seniors to eat more
Date:5/5/2009

Sharing a meal in good company can stimulate the appetite particularly among hospitalized seniors according to a new Universit de Montralstudy published in The Gerontologist.

"The more social interaction occurs at mealtimes in hospital geriatric re-adaptation units the better food intake will be," says Danielle St-Arnaud McKenzie.

A graduate of the Universit de Montral Department of Nutrition, St-Arnaud McKenzie conducted the study with Professor Marie-Jeanne Kergoat of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Guylaine Ferland of the Department of Nutrition, as well as Laurette Dub of McGill University.

Research has shown that a majority of patients suffer from nutritional deterioration during hospitalization. "Approximately 35 percent of elderly people suffer from malnutrition," says Marie-Jeanne Kergoat. "That's a scary estimate when we consider that nutrition tends to deteriorate during hospitalization."

St-Arnaud McKenzie observed some 30 patients during mealtimes at the re-adaptation unit of the Institut universitaire de griatrie de Montral (IUGM), which is affiliated to the Universit de Montral. Using an evaluation grid, she measured their verbal and non-verbal behaviors. By observing these patients at mealtimes she calculated the level of conviviality. She then measured food intake by looking at the quantity of food leftover after the meal.

Results were clear there was a correlation between food intake and social interaction. What's more, patients ate more when social interactions were friendly and lively. The research team also found that nutritional deficiencies mostly occur when patients eat alone in their rooms.

As the population ages, the number of seniors will rise and researchers must find solutions to elderly malnutrition. "By eating poorly, elderly patients risk developing other age-related health problems," says St-Arnaud McKenzie.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
sylvain-jacques.desjardins@umontreal.ca
514-343-7593
University of Montreal
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Mother and Daughter Create Lead-Free/Safe Bibs and Solve Messy Mealtime Problems
2. Seniors Should Watch for Drug Interactions When Taking Multiple Medications
3. AUDIO from Medialink and Prescription Solutions: Prescription Solutions - A Drug Interaction Alert
4. New JHM policies tighten rules on industry interactions
5. Corticon Shows Business Transformation Potential of Dialogs, The First Intelligent Interactions Platform, at April 23 Webinar
6. Understanding mental illness through gene-environment interactions
7. Interaction Associates Gets Top Ratings in 3rd Party Client Survey
8. Genetic interactions are the key to understanding complex traits
9. Most Important Factors Driving Usage of Antibiotics in the ICU Setting are Availability in Intravenous Formulation, Activity Against Key Gram Negative Pathogens, Drug Interactions and Bactericidal Activity
10. InterAction Members Respond to the Crisis in Zimbabwe
11. Drugs.com Unveils the Next Generation Medication Safety Tool to Help Consumers Avoid Dangerous Drug Interactions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... Come to ... Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd, for an educational and exciting 2-day program. , ... our staff hearing this before they approach patients” about the course entitled Ain't Misbehavin': ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... “Reflections of God’s Work”: an enlightening ... God’s Work” is the creation of published author, Jerri Broglin, a survivor of great ... “I believe this a great eye-opener for those searching for answers, as we are ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Life of Purpose Treatment is proud to present ... be held at 7:30 pm on May 10th at the University Auditorium. , This ... Hazel, will support the UF Collegiate Recovery Community (UFCRC). The concert will kick off ...
(Date:4/23/2017)... ... April 23, 2017 , ... "An event Horizon is a place ... rendered in my Art and Music. These are created as Metaphysical Transformations where music, ... of mystery culminate to the ultimate singularity.", -- Karen Salicath Jamali , Karen will ...
(Date:4/22/2017)... ... April 22, 2017 , ... ... U.S. consumers can save an average of 70% when buying medication online from ... 97%) are available when purchasing from other countries. The report (chart below) compares ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... DUBLIN , April 20, 2017 ... "Latin America Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing Services Market Analysis By Service ... And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025" report to their ... The Latin ... USD 21.0 billion by 2025 Low drug registration ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017 The Mobile X-Ray product ... a healthy CAGR during the forecast period Mobile ... the global digital mobile X-Ray devices market, which is estimated ... 2017, expanding at a CAGR of 7% over the forecast ... opportunity of more than US$ 100 Mn in 2017 over ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 19, 2017 Global Prostate Cancer Therapeutics ... the prostate cancer therapeutics market analyzes the current ... prevalence of prostate cancer, launch of promising emerging ... of new drugs & therapeutic biological products, and ... to lesser side effects are some of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: