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Course Overview

American baby boomers have pursued youth for decades and many would like to experience successful aging. The overarching goals of successful aging include a high quality of life, good health, fitness, and independence. While only around one-third of older adults meet the criteria for aging successfully, many more perceive themselves as aging successfully despite the presence of disease and disability. This course focuses on the aging process as it relates to medical nutrition therapy (MNT) interventions in both acute care and long-term care.  Issues such as nutrition assessment of seniors, dysphagia interventions, nutrition support and skin integrity are covered. Improve your clinical skills with case studies and review questions for application and synthesis of the information presented. 

About the Course Author

Katherine Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD, FAND, is a board-certified specialist in gerontological nutrition. She works for the Department of Veteran Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics in White City, Oregon. She is involved actively in the Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has served as nominating chairperson, social media chairperson, professional development director, and 2018-2019 chairperson.

Katherine Marya Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests with: Relevant Financial Relationship with VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics as Full time employee.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This course is approved for 10.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Compare and contrast the effects of depression and dementia in older adults.; Differentiate between primary, secondary, and tertiary aging.; Discuss at least 3 hydration therapies appropriate for older adults with dehydration.; Discuss at least 3 types of feeding problems and diets associated with different types of swallowing problems.; Discuss at least 4 common disorders seen in older adults that have nutrition management components.; Discuss at least 4 risk factors associated with skin failure.; Discuss at least 5 risk factors for poor nutritional status and dehydration in the older adult.; Discuss indications for use of enteral and parenteral nutrition in the older adult and at least 3 potential complications of each.; Discuss potential nutrition problems related to aging.; Discuss recommendations for the treatment of pressure injuries.; Discuss the components of a nutritional assessment of the older adult.; Discuss the concept of successful aging.; Discuss the linear progression of malnutrition in the older adult.; Discuss the relationship between depression and nutrition status.; Identify changes in body composition, the senses and major organ systems as adults age.; Recognize components of the health history and lab reports as they relate to nutrition problems of the older adult.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level III level Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.