Diabetes Prevention

How Does Nutrition Care Differ for the Geriatric Patient? with Katie Dodd

December 4, 2019

Guest(s): Katie Dodd

Topic(s): Geriatric Nutrition

Talk Recording

In 2014, 14.5% of the US population was aged 65 or older and this number is projected to reach 23.5% by 2060. Geriatric nutrition is a specialty area of dietetics, yet it is minimally covered in most didactic programs. Nearly all dietitians work with older adults at some point in their career. This podcast will cover the basics of geriatric nutrition and how you can become a geriatrics specialist.


Selected Questions:

Are protein needs for the elderly more or less than the general population?

Are there any particular nutrients to prevent Alzheimer's disease?

Can you explain sarcopenia?

Do geriatric patients need increased amounts of vitamins/minerals, for example, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, etc.?

Does daily exercise in elderly patients replete muscle mass or would the exercise have to be consistent over the course of years prior to the geriatric stage?

Does serum cholesterol levels matter in older patients?

Does the microbiome of the geriatric patient differ from the general population?

Some elderly patients get confused. Could B12 be beneficial?

Some people tend to eat less food when old. How can a dietitian help in meeting their nutritional requirement?