A-HA Team Lead

Keller, H (Principal Investigator)

Project Date

2012 – Present

The research team developed and validated a screening tool for older adults called Nutri-eSCREEN, which stands for Seniors in the Community Risk Evaluation for Eating and Nutrition. The tool assesses older adults’ appetite, eating habits, and changes in weight to identify those who may be at nutritional risk. In collaboration with Dietitians of Canada, the tool is freely available online through EatRight Ontario, and links to helpful resources.

Interestingly, the tool was adapted for use in Statistics Canada’s 2008-2009 Canadian Community Health Survey, which included nearly 16, 000 community-dwelling older adults. The results showed that nearly 4.1 million Canadians over 65 are at nutritional risk, and women were more likely to be affected. The main reasons for being classified as “at risk” were drastic change in weight (losing or gaining more than 10lbs), and skipping meals “almost every day”. Those living alone were also more likely to be at risk for malnutrition.

Next steps include development of an evaluation questionnaire to determine if users of Nutri-eSCREEN improve their knowledge, attitudes and behavior as a result of participating in this on-line self-management tool. An evaluation study is being planned.


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