Nutrition Management of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia - RD196

Nutrition Management of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

by Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, LDN
(4.6 / 51 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (8.00 CPEU)

Price: $109.00
CE-PRO Price: $54.50


For older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, including those in long-term care facilities, the ability to prepare and consume meals can be compromised, making mealtime challenging and even frustrating. Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, combined with decreased appetite as we age, can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, increased risk for infection, poor wound healing, low blood pressure, and other complications. While maintaining an optimum nutritional status will not fully prevent weight loss or reduce the progression of the disease, consuming a healthy diet can help promote overall health, improve older adults’ ability to cope, help curtail some physical and behavioral problems, and contribute to quality of life. Healthcare providers play an important role in promoting adequate intake and identifying eating problems in people with AD. 


The goal of this course is to understand the challenges of feeding people with dementia and learn strategies to improve food and nutrient intake in the population. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the changes in the brain associated with dementia
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Identify the effects of anticholinergic drugs on Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Describe the effects of dementia on self-feeding at various stages of the disease
  • Use techniques to assess and care plan for residents with dementia
  • Be able to substitute finger foods for other menu items
  • Explain how laboratory values are used for assessment of dementia patients
  • Evaluate the dining environment for successful food intake
  • Review the implications of feeding end-stage patients with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Use the survey regulations required by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid for residents of long-term care facilities

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3040, 3050, 3060, 4190, 5000, 5040, 5100, 5200, 5210, 5300, 5320, 7100 and performance indicators of 8.2.3, 10.1.2, 10.2.4, 10.2.5, 10.2.8, 10.2.10.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 8/11/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/11/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/31/2020

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

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


For Florida professionals:

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Cheryl M - Charlton, MA  ·  Aug 18, 2019
Very Informative. Learned somethings about the disease itself.
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Carolyn D - West Palm Beach, FL  ·  May 26, 2019
everyone who works in LTC or with Dementia residents should read this.
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Arandeep D - Cologne {GERMANY}., IT  ·  Mar 22, 2019
Great course providing excellent future reference material.
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RoseEmma M - Hamilton , NJ  ·  Mar 20, 2019
This course was very informative for the treatment of and the progression of AD
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ALLISON G - Congers, NY  ·  Feb 12, 2019
easy to read and understand with useful information
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Price: $109.00
CE-PRO Price: $54.50