Nutrition for the Elderly

by Instructor: Elizabeth (Liz) Kahrs Friedrich, MPH, RD, CSG, LDn, FAND; Instructor: Katherine Marya Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD

$56.00

i 4.00 CEH

Course Overview

Nutrition of older adults is an area that is underused when seeking to prevent disease and maintain health, but is becoming more important as this population grows. By the year 2030, older adults will account for one in five Americans. It is important to realize that the nutrient needs of older adults differ from younger adults. Practitioners should understand the aging process, look at its effects on nutritional status, and review diseases and conditions associated with aging and the nutritional implications of those diseases. Federally funded nutrition and meal services can help older adults meet their nutritional needs. This knowledge can assist practitioners in providing the best clinical care possible to help older adults maximize their nutrition status and attain the best quality of life possible well into old age.

About the Course Author

Liz Friedrich, RD, MPH, CSG, LDN, FAND, is the owner of Friedrich Nutrition Consulting and is a board-certified specialist in geriatric nutrition. She provides a variety of clinical services for patients and educational services for healthcare providers. Elizabeth (Liz) Kahrs Friedrich, MPH, RD, CSG, LDn, FAND has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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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Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-AT104-16
  • Hours:

    4.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2020-09-30
  • Learning Objectives:

    Demonstrate how to determine protein-calorie malnutrition in older adults; Describe the difficulties of, and procedures for, interviewing older persons; Describe the social, economic, and ethical problems of an aging U.S. population; Develop a diet that includes the dietary modifications indicated for those suffering from or at risk for cardiovascular disease and/or hypertension; Discuss anthropometric assessment methods, and their pros and cons as applied to older persons; Discuss factors that govern biological aging, such as heredity, environment, and chronic disease; Discuss federally funded nutrition support services available to older persons and their impact on older persons’ nutritional status; Discuss the effects of aging on major tissues, organs, and systems; Explain how the physiological changes associated with aging affect the needs for specific nutrients calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and fluids; Explain the etiology, nutritional ramifications and treatment of: renal disease, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and COPD; Explain the impact of aging on drug effectiveness; Explain which biochemical analyses are appropriate for the elderly; Explain why weight loss and sodium limitations are not always appropriate; Identify barriers that restrict older persons’ participation in available nutrition support services; List social, cultural, and psychological factors affecting dietary practices and nutritional status of the elderly
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