Issue Brief: Malnutrition & Older Adults in North Carolina

Published May 1, 2023


By 2028, 1 in 5 North Carolinians will be over the age of 65. Among these older adults, fifteen percent will not have reliable access to enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Nutritional deficiencies result in more than $140 million in annual costs related to disease-associated malnutrition among people over 65 in North Carolina. This brief describes the current state of malnutrition among older adults in North Carolina, what is currently being done to address it, and additional potential action to address this growing problem.