Nutrition for Older Adults

What contributes to a long life? Genetics play a part, but increasing evidence suggests that genetics plays a less important role than lifestyle. Following this line of thought, besides reducing risk of disease, diet contributes greatly to wellness. Good nutrition can help "add life to years" as well as "add years to life".

The role of food and nutrition often changes during aging. Normal aging is associated with many physiological system changes that may affect nutritional health. Additionally, recommendations for intake of specific nutrients also change with age.

This webinar will review changes associated with aging that may impact nutritional status, specific nutrients of concern and dietary patterns that have been linked to healthy aging.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Describe the role of food and nutrition in aging.

  • Discuss the age associated physiological changes and their impact on nutritional status.

  • Identify risk factors for poor nutrition in older adults.

  • Describe strategies to promote healthy eating in older adults.
Live Event Date: Dec 03, 2015
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 3020, 4190, 5000, 5100
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Allied Health Pros
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Laura Newton Rutledge, MA, RD

Laura Newton Rutledge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She teaches in the nutrition undergraduate and graduate programs and the dietetic internship at UAB. She is a registered and licensed dietitian who also works with oncology patients in a survivorship and supportive care clinic. She frequently presents seminars to cancer support groups including those for breast cancer and prostate cancer. Individually, she often sees patients with head and neck cancer, working with them throughout their treatment to optimize their nutrition status and deal with the side effects of treatment during and after their course of therapy.

Laura has an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Dietetics and a master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Exercise Physiology. Laura worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian for almost 15 years. She completed the Faculty Scholars Program in the UAB Geriatric Education Center and was appointed as a Scientist in the UAB Center for Aging in 2011.

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