Nutritional challenges in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Gilciane CEOLIN Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Júlia Dubois MOREIRA Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Bruna Cunha MENDES Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Bruna Cunha MENDES Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Jaqueline SCHROEDER Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Patricia Faria DI PIETRO Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Debora Kurrle RIEGER Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina


Aged, Coronavirus infection, Nutrition, Pandemics


It has been documented that the older adults of the population are at the greatest risk of mortality due to the coronavirus disease; consequently, they could be the population most affected by the measures of social isolation and reduction of virus contagion implemented worldwide. Social isolation can expose older adults to an increased nutritional risk due to factors such as socioeconomic insecurity, which could affect food acquisition and the need for support in daily tasks and meals. The institutionalized older adults often depend on food donations, which may have reduced due the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, and the aging process itself causes changes in nutritional necessities and eating habits. In the coronavirus pandemic, nutritionists and dietitians can offer remote nutritional follow-up. Moreover, the government actions, such as the implementation of educational and social service programs, should be applied to support healthy aging and minimize exposure to nutritional risks and coronavirus disease.


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CEOLIN, G. ., Dubois MOREIRA, J. ., Cunha MENDES, B. ., Cunha MENDES, B. ., SCHROEDER, J. ., Faria DI PIETRO, P. ., & Kurrle RIEGER, D. . (2022). Nutritional challenges in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Revista De Nutrição, 33, 1–5. Recuperado de