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The technological developments in healthcare may help facilitate older adult nutritional care. This scoping review includes research in technology and nutrition to (1) explain how technology is used to manage nutrition needs and (2) describe the forms of technology used to manage nutrition. Five major databases were the foundation for papers published from January 2000 to December 2020. The most common type of technology used is software to (1) “track, plan, and execute” nutrition management and for (2) “assessing” technology use. “Track, plan, and execute” includes tracking food intake, planning for changes, and executing a plan. “Assessing” technology use is collecting nutrition data from a provider’s or an older adult’s self-use of technology to understand dietary intake. Hardware is the second most type of technology used, with tablet computers for software and internet access. The findings reveal that software for older adults lacks standardization, the Internet of Things is a promising area, the current device emphasis is the tablet computer, and broadband internet access is essential for nutrition care. Only 38 studies were published in the last five years, indicating that nutrition management for older adults with hardware or software has not reached a significant research mass. © 2023 by the authors.


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