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Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.1
Total Rating(s)14
First Published
Updated31 January 2019
Expires 07 February 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course examines the role that nutrition plays in healthy ageing and reinforces the need for ongoing assessment of an older person's nutritional requirements. Questions such as "what should older people eat?" and "why is good nutrition important as we age?" are discussed.

Topics include:

  • Factors affecting an older person's nutrition
  • The physiological changes associated with ageing
  • Management strategies for older people with poor food intake
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Texture modified foodstuffs

Target audience

Health professionals working with older people in a variety of healthcare facilities, including respite and aged care homes, and acute, subacute and community settings.

Purpose

Reinforce knowledge of the important role that nutrition plays in healthy ageing.

Need

Adequate nutrition and hydration is vital to sustaining life, especially as people age. Unfortunately, many older people are not adequately nourished. A potential reason for this is that staff working in residential aged care facilities may lack sufficient knowledge regarding the nutritional needs of older people in their care.

Current evidence suggests that education to enhance the knowledge of staff in recognising and responding to older residents with compromised nutrition is needed. Paying careful attention to the nutritional needs of older adults in residential aged care can lead to a better quality of life, a greater sense of wellbeing, and improved clinical outcomes for these individuals.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explain why good nutrition is important as people age
  • Identify barriers to adequate nutrition in older people
  • Describe the dietary requirements of older people
Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

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Yvonne Coleman Visit

Yvonne Coleman has worked as a dietitian for more than two decades in Aged Care, initially in the public health sector and currently as Founding Principal of Nutrition Consultants Australia. Nutrition Consultants Australia provides both a consultancy service to the Residential Aged Care Sector and is a micro publisher. Yvonne enjoys the challenge of balancing multiple medical problems with medications and nutrition

Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.1
Total Rating(s)14
First Published
Updated31 January 2019
Expires 07 February 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topics
Nutrition
Ageing
Aged Care
Residential Aged Care
Community Nursing
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

4.1
14 Total Rating(s)
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John Seaman
19 Feb 2019

Proper nutrition and dietary requirements for older people should be considered as the primary approach to 'healthy ageing'. This module provided a good basic overview of this important and often overlooked area of nursing care for the elderly.

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Jade Miles
13 Feb 2019

Very informative

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Sarah Butler
08 Feb 2019

good learning course, opened eyes to new areas of nutritional problems with elderly patients.

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Genevieve Lee French
08 Feb 2019

Great VLA I really enjoyed this She was a great speaker. Very personable but also very professional and experienced in her field of Nutrition

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Kristen Kristen
05 Feb 2019

Great. Could take into consideration FODMAP diets and the reestablishment of gut bacteria following antibiotics with probiotic's.

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Adrienne Hokin
03 Feb 2019

A helpful lecture on food intake with the elderly.

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lorraine langley
02 Feb 2019

Helpful nutritional advice about different food groups and importance of meal times

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Shelley Moug
19 Jan 2019

Good resource for those working in aged care.

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Tanya Volzke
18 Jun 2018

Very in depth inservice on barriers to nutrition. Relevant to my nursing experience.

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Frances Browne
14 Jun 2018

Interesting topic and lots of helpful tips and advice.