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Study: Senior Citizens can Easily Become Malnourished

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Forty-four percent of senior citizens may become malnourished, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina.

Even seniors with regular doctors and health insurance were found to be at risk for a variety of reasons. Access to food and groceries, depression, and assisted living places are all factors.

A manager at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) says she isn't surprised by the numbers.

"A lot of it does have to do with their isolation, and their inability to make it to the store or to have access to transportation, or even just the physical ability to do the cooking in their household any longer,” said Kelly Carpenter, JABA.

Researchers say depression is the greatest risk factor.

If you or a loved one need some help, call JABA at 434-817-5222.

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