Prevention of Weight Loss in the Elderly - RD122

Prevention of Weight Loss in the Elderly

by Doreen J. Rodo, MEd, RD
(4.4 / 165 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (21.00 CPEU)

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Significant weight loss has consequences. To the individual, it increases his or her nutritional risk for poorer outcomes, even death. The course is intended to break down the procedures for nutrition assessment so the learner can successfully navigate through each step of the process. It includes a detailed review of the resident assessment instrument process so clinicians can thoroughly understand and be successful in its implementation. Practical tips and real-life examples are provided throughout for the nutrition professional who would like to connect the information to actual practice.


The goal of this continuing education course is to prevent unwanted and unplanned weight loss and to improve the quality of life of long-term care residents. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe and give examples of “avoidable” and “unavoidable” weight loss
  • Understand the Resident Assessment Instrument process and demonstrate how to answer questions on the Minimum Data Set
  • Discuss the survey process in long-term care, what the surveyors are looking for, and the steps to take to prevent citations
  • State the importance of improving the registered dietitian nutritionist assessment process to focus more on the individual
  • List five interventions to improve the quality of a dining program in long-term care
  • Name five reasons why an elderly individual may have a decreased appetite, and list five possible solutions
  • Explain the relationship between illness, appetite, and weight loss
  • Discuss how various diseases — COPD, diabetes, cancer, infections, and pressure injuries — impact nutritional status and weight loss and what interventions are possible
  • Calculate fluid recommendations for patients
  • Determine if an individual is dehydrated or overhydrated
  • Provide at least two “best practices” that RDNs will be able to use in their daily roles as RDNs or nutrition professionals
  • Explain how dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affect appetite and intake, and describe interventions to prevent weight loss for the individual and in the dining environment
  • Review the impact of drug use in the elderly and dental health on nutritional status
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Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3040, 3050, 4190, 5000, 5040, 5100, 5150, 5280, 5380, 5390, 5440, 5450, 7100 and performance indicators of 4.1.2, 8.1.5, 8.3.6, 8.3.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 5/28/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/6/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/6/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Erin S - Atascadero, CA  ·  Jan 14, 2019
This course gave very thorough information related to many issues the aging population deals with and strategies to help prevent weight loss.
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Jessica S - DeWitt, NY  ·  Jan 07, 2019
Very helpful guide to geriatric nutrition. Important read for those working in long term care.
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Rebecca W - Howell, MI  ·  Dec 08, 2018
I would give the course a 5 star if I would have gotten the right printed edition sent to me to begin with. I read and completed the printed edition only to find out the outdated edition was sent to me. Please send the newest printed edition to me. I ordered the course mid sept 2018. I ordered the newest edition not the 2nd. Thanks
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Joy J - Hamburg, NY  ·  Nov 14, 2018
Nice refresher to what I currently know.
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Glady G - Glendale, AZ  ·  Oct 08, 2018
Good overview and would be most beneficial for entry level staff.
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