Nutrition Management of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
by Instructor: Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, LDN
Credentialed for: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)


i 8.00 CEH

Course Overview

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.

About the Course Author

Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, FAND, is a lecturer in the department of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an instructor for the University of Phoenix College of Nursing and Health Care program, and the assistant chief for nutrition and food services for the Southern Nevada Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, LDN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    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. CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 8.0 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.

    Activity Number: 129491 Learning Need Code(s): 3000, 3040, 3050, 3060 CPE Level: Level II

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  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 8.0 contact hours.

Course Details

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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Be able to substitute finger foods for other menu items; Describe the effects of dementia on self-feeding at various stages of the disease; Discuss the signs and symptoms of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease; Evaluate the dining environment for successful food intake; Explain how laboratory values are used for assessment of dementia patients; Explain the changes in the brain associated with dementia; Identify the effects of anticholinergic drugs on Alzheimer’s dementia; Review the implications of feeding end-stage patients with Alzheimer’s disease; Use techniques to assess and care plan for residents with dementia; Use the survey regulations required by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid for residents of long-term care facilities
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: 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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    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.
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