• To better understand why older people are at high risk of infection with, and negative outcomes from, COVID-19
• To discern the role of nutritional interventions in supporting older people to recover from COVID-19
• To locate available guidance on nutrition in older people being treated for or recovering from COVID-19
Older people are a high-risk group for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) because of a range of factors, including age-related changes in anatomical pulmonary and muscle function, decreased immunity and increased inflammation. These factors partly explain why older people with COVID-19 experience more severe symptoms and higher mortality than younger adults and are more likely to require nutritional support. Furthermore, there is an association between suboptimal nutritional status and poorer recovery from COVID-19. Therefore, nutritional interventions are an important aspect of care for older people with COVID-19.
All members of the multidisciplinary team, including dietitians and nurses, need to assess, treat and prevent nutritional deficiencies in older people with COVID-19. This literature review provides an overview of the evidence regarding the role of nutritional interventions in the treatment of, and recovery from, COVID-19 in older people.
Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1368Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
Jones S, Archer E, Ongan D et al (2021) Nutritional interventions in older people with COVID-19: an overview of the evidence. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1368
Published online: 08 December 2021
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