maya arisanti, Syarif Husin, Fatmalina Febry


Background: Elderly are those who have been aged 60 years and above. At this time there are changes in their bodies as a result of the aging process. These changes will affect the elderly needs of energy and nutrients such as protein, calcium, and iron that different from the nutritional needs of younger age groups. Consumption of energy and nutrients that are not in accordance with the recommendation will lead to multiple nutritional problems in the elderly that have an impact on the health status of the elderly.
Method: This study used a cross-sectional approach. Primary data were collected by questionnaire and interview based on 24 hour recall form, while the secondary data were collected by recording. The population in this study was all listed as members of the elderly residents at the time of the study . Samples numbered 45 elderly people taken using consecutive sampling technique of all the elderly who refered to the inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Result: Results showed that the energy and nutrients intake by the elderly were still below the recommended RDI. The result showed that 48,9% of elderly had a moderate energy intake, 40% of the elderly had a good intake of protein 35,6% of elderly had iron intake in the deficit category and 100% of elderly had a deficit of calcium intake. Most elderly in different age groups had a moderate energy intake. Protein intake of elderly in different age groups was in good category. Calcium intake of elderly by age groups had calcium intake deficit. Iron intake of elderly was in poor category, while iron intake of old elderly was deficit.

Conclusion: From these results, it was known that there were elderly that the energy and the other nutrients intake were less than the recommended RDI that required counseling and information provision by health professionals to both the elderly and the clerk about the importance of nutrition for the body, especially the energy, protein, calcium and iron .

Keywords: Energy Intake, Protein Intake, Calcium, Iron Intake, the Elderly.

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