Nutrition and the Aging Population

Nutrition and the Aging Population

Nutrition and the Aging Population

Nutrition and the Aging Population

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There are many ways to define malnutrition, but the Merck Manual simplified the definition in a way that is easy to explain to your patients. There are many benefits of proper nutrition. These benefits include more energy, helps control weight, decreases osteoporosis, decreases blood pressure, decreases heart disease, decreases Type 2 diabetes, decreases time and money spent at the doctor’s office, increases immunity, increases recovery rates, increases strength and endurance, increases functionality and mobility, and overall increases quality of life. As a clinician, you might be the first to recognize the risk factors of malnutrition in your elderly patients. This is important because many malnourished seniors go undiagnosed. Malnutrition in the elderly can mimic the signs of aging.

COURSE INFORMATION

45 hrsValid for 12 monthsCreated 2019-11-06Updated 2019-11-06

Course Objectives

  • Identify the benefits of nutritional well-being for the aging population.
  • Discuss risk factors associated with nutritional decline.
  • Identify significant indicators of malnutrition.
  • Describe the components of, and tools available for, nutritional screening .
  • Review the strategies that correct or prevent malnutrition.

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