Amanda Gray

Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science

First Advisor

Amy B. Porto, PhD, RD

Second Advisor

Mary Ann Mihok, PhD, RD


Malnutrition is of increasing concern among the elderly. Home meal delivery programs target individuals with decreased access to food and increased risk of malnutrition. The purpose of this study was to assess the nutritional status of elderly Albanian meal recipients using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA). Elderly meal recipients (n=31) were assessed using the MNA during July and August, 2011. Fisher’s exact test was used to compare the frequency of the malnutrition indicator score (MIS) categories to the frequency of individual responses to the MNA. The MIS revealed 65% of the elderly were at risk for malnutrition, 6% malnourished, and 29% with normal nutritional status. The malnourished and at risk MIS categories were significantly associated with MNA responses for food intake decrease, meat/fish/poultry consumption, and negative self-views of nutritional status and health status (p