DIFFERENTIAL NUITRITIONAL HEALTH NEEDS

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DIFFERENTIAL NUITRITIONAL HEALTH NEEDS

DIFFERENTIAL NUITRITIONAL HEALTH NEEDS

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This research has exposed how vitamin B deficiency in older adults leads to neurological and psychological disorders such as mycrocrytic hypochromic anemia, cerebrovascular diseases, neuropathy, myelopathy, aphasia, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory impairment and depression (K, Martin, DeBynton, & Marsh, 2009). In addition, studies have shown the prevalence of differential nutritional health needs and behaviors in older adults of diverse ethno-cultural background. Within the field of neuropsychology, few investigations have been made in analyzing cultural variables, hence, this has been limiting to the treatment and assessment of older adults. Consequently, clinical psychologists are faced with the situation of having to evaluate or treat an older patient with a different ethnic background than the practitioners, who may lack in skills, awareness, resources or sensitivity (Fletcher-Janzen, Strickland, & Reynolds, 2005, p. 2).