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
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 10.4.4, 4.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4
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, MA, RDN, CSO
Laura Rutledge

Laura Rutledge, MA, RDN, CSO is an Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition. She is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist with over 25 years experience in hospital clinical dietetics, outpatient oncology and weight management. In addition to teaching, Laura works with oncology patients and those with chronic disease in a survivorship and supportive care clinic. Laura frequently presents to support groups and medical practice groups about nutrition and cancer.

She earned her BS in Dietetics from Auburn University and a MA in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been granted Scholar status by the Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation as well as Scientist in the UAB Center for Aging.

Laura recently developed as a resource to provide evidence-based nutrition information and healthy recipes for cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship.

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