Nutrition and Dementia: Implications for Dietitians in Long-Term Care
The number of elders living in care with dementia continues to rise. Residents living with dementia in long-term care facilities cope better with consistency, familiarity of faces, special activities/outings, and routine. Non-verbal cues, social interactions with family/friends as well as caregivers who residents recognize are important aspects for quality of life for people living with dementia.

Over the past few years, from shortages and turnover of care staff to public health regulations regarding masking faces, periodic isolations, social distancing, and restricting family members from visiting or assisting with feedings have greatly impacted residents living with dementia.

Malnutrition related to dependence on others for meal support, socialization in dining room, appetite, intake changes and unintentional weight loss have contributed to the acceleration in decline of residents' overall health.

This post-covid webinar will focus on the RDs' unique role in long-term care to help support the nutritional status of elders with dementia. This webinar will also discuss topics relating to communicating with families and the care staff.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Identify types of the more commonly seen dementia diseases in long-term care facilities.

  • Identify impact of dementia with regards to behaviour changes and nutritional status; how nutritional status can affect trajectory of dementia disease.

  • Understand some of the unique nutritional challenges and ramifications that affect residents' health and well being and care staff since the covid pandemic.

  • Demonstrate methods to help caregivers and staff in a care facility to support residents with dementia to improve their quality of life.
Live Webinar Date: May 18, 2023   (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM Eastern Time) (US and Canada)
Expiration Date: May 31, 2024
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 1.1.6, 1.5.4, 4.2.1, 8.1.1
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1
Total Cost: $18

About the Presenter: Sandra Gentleman, RD
Sandra Gentleman

Sandra Gentleman has been a Registered Dietitian for over 25 years in a variety of settings including oncology nutrition, long term care, homecare, Nutrition Tours (grocery store), plus conducting group education. Currently, she hosts a podcast with her husband called "My Wife The Dietitian" and a blog to raise awareness of trending hot topics in nutrition to help people make decisions in the maze of healthy eating.

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Live Date: (Mar 14,2023)
Expiration Date: (May 31,2024)

Rating: 4.78 out of 5

Instructor: Sandra Gentleman, RD

Duration: 1 hour