1h 15m

Malnutrition in the Older Adult

This Course will educate you on malnutrition in our ageing population, and help you to identify risk factors for malnutrition and methods in which to identify potential members of our society who may be suffering from this condition. Research studies highlighting contributing factors and effects of malnutrition will also be presented in order to reinforce this growing concern in our community.

25 May 2016

Learning Outcomes

List

List the risk factors for malnutrition

State

State methods to identify and measure malnutrition

Explain

Explain the effect of malnutrition on health

Describe

Describe ways to treat or prevent malnutrition

Educator

Comments

Very useful and relevant to my workplace. -- 07 Apr 2018
So in important to watch this VLA, if you are working in aged care. -- 24 Mar 2018
The subject was interesting and of benefit to anyone who works in an aged care setting -- 03 Jan 2018
Excellent -- 03 Jan 2018
good -- 22 Nov 2017

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Risk factors for malnutrition
  • Methods to identify and measure malnutrition
  • Effects of malnutrition on health
  • Treatment and prevention of malnutrition

Target audience

Nurses, carers and allied health professionals that work with older adults in acute care settings, residential aged-care facilities or in the community.

Purpose

Educate health professionals on how malnutrition manifests in the older adult, so that malnutrition can then be identified, prevented, and treated if required.

Need

The population is ageing, with the fastest growing population group being those over the age of 80 years. Malnutrition contributes to poor health outcomes; with the risk of malnutrition increasing with age, so the burden of ill health in this group will increase in the future. Malnutrition risk factors include physical, emotional and social factors, which may differ depending on if the older person is in the community or in care. Malnutrition increases the risk of morbidity and mortality, but it can, in part, be prevented, so understanding risk factors for malnutrition, identifying its presence, and knowing and implementing treatment or prevention strategies can reduce the cost of malnutrition in our ageing population.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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