Failure to thrive in elderly persons is defined by The Institute of Medicine as weight loss of more than 5%, decreased appetite, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity, often associated with dehydration, depression, immune dysfunction, and low cholesterol. Malnutrition is the key.
In elderly patients, failure to thrive describes a state of decline that is multifactorial and may be caused by chronic concurrent diseases and functional.
Care guide for Failure to Thrive in Older Adults. Includes: possible causes, signs and symptoms, standard treatment options and means of care.