Nutrition for the Elderly, 7th Ed

Nutrition for the Elderly, 7th Ed
Nutrition for the Elderly, 7th Ed
SKU: 508

By Liz Friedrich, RD, LDN

Research updates and new studies highlight this course’s new 7th edition, revised in 2010, focusing on nutrition for older people.

This course covers all aspects of nutrition care, including sociopsychological factors, risk of malnutrition, and government nutrition program guidelines. Includes handouts.

Topics: assessing nutrition needs; macro-and micro-nutrients; consequences of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, osteoporosis, pulmonary disease; nutrient-drug interactions and more.

Course Length: 10.0 contact hours

Instructional Level: Advanced

Nutrition for the Elderly, 7th Ed

Course Goals and Objectives:


1. Identify the social, economic, and ethical problems of an aging US population.

2. Identify factors that govern biological aging: heredity, environment, chronic disease.

3. Identify the effects of aging on major tissues, organs, and systems.

4. Identify how the physiological changes associated with aging affect the needs for specific nutrients; calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and fluids.

5. Identify the dietary modifications indicated for individuals suffering from or at risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and/or hypertension.

6. Identify why cholesterol and sodium limitation are not always appropriate.

7. List nutritional effects of cancer and common cancer therapies.

8. Identify the etiology, nutritional ramifications and treatment of renal disease, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus and COPD

9. Identify the findings of recent major nutrition studies/surveys of the elderly.

10. List social, cultural and psychological factors affecting dietary practices and nutritional status of the elderly.

11. List risk factors for protein-calorie malnutrition.

12. Identify five methods of obtaining dietary information, indicating the applicability of the methods for older populations.

13. Identify the difficulties of, and procedures for, interviewing older persons.

14. Identify anthropometric assessment methods and their pros and cons as applied to older persons.

15. Identify which biochemical analyses are appropriate for the elderly.

16. Identify the impact of aging on drug effectiveness.

17. Identify the effects of various common drugs on nutrient absorption, and the effects of nutrients on drug action.

18. Identify federally funded nutrition support services available to older persons and their impact on older persons’ nutritional status.

19. Identify federal funding support available for nutritional support services for older persons and limitations on that funding.

20. Identify barriers that restrict older person’s participation in available nutrition support services.

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