Malnutrition And Minority Older Adults: A Health Equity Issue
Malnutrition and Minority Older Adults: A Health Equity Issue
As we observe National Minority Health Month, we focus attention on a particularly critical issue for minority populations. That issue is the growing problem of older adult malnutrition and the disparate impact it has on older adults of color.
Any discussion of minority populations in America must include the rapid increase in the percentage of minorities in the older adult population. The 2016 Profile of Older Americans contains some specific examples of the minority population growth. Racial and ethnic older adult minority populations have increased from 6.7 million people (18% of all older adults) in 2005 to 10.6 million in 2015 (22% of older adults) and will …