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  • In order to examine the association between high nutri-tional risk status and severe functional disability (any ADL and any IADL) among a racially diverse sample of community-dwelling older adults participating in the home-delivered nutrition program, a cross-sec-tional analysis was performed on data collected on all participants (n = 245) in two rural North Carolina counties. Using multivariate logistic models, participants with a high nutritional risk status were 2.4 times more likely to report severe functional disability than those with low or moderate nutritional risk status. Age demonstrated an unexpected inverse association with both nutritional risk status and functional disability. This study supports the conclusion that home-delivered nutrition participants at high risk for poor nutrition are also at high risk for severe functional disability. This underscores the importance of nutritional and functional screening as an antecedent for community-based targeted interventions to help older adults remain independent and in their home. 2000 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Nutrition For the Elderly

author list (cited authors)

  • Sharkey, J. R., Haines, P. S., & Zohoori, N.

publication date

  • January 1, 2000 11:11 AM