A dietary analysis of selected nutrients of some elderly in a home health care setting

The purpose of this study was to determine the average dietary intake of calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin D and energy (kcal) by selected elderly. Each of the 20 subjects of this study was female and was between 65 and 81 years of age. Each subject was receiving home health care from the Visiting Nurse Association of Lancaster, California. The 24 hour recall method was used to obtain information concerning dietary intake. 1he Ohio State University Nutrient Data Base located at California State University, Northridge was utilized to analyze the nutrient content of the diets. The criterion used for this study was 90 percent of the 1980 Recommended Dietary Allowances. Using this guideline, energy (kcal) was identified as inadequate as well as the nutrients calcium, folic acid and vitamin D. Intakes of iron and vitamin A were above the criterion established for this study.