Malnutrition Interventions and Programs for the Older Adult
Despite increasing awareness of malnutrition and its effects, one in three patients continue to be malnourished with an annual cost of $156.7 billion for disease-related malnutrition in the U.S across eight diseases. Malnutrition is not just contained within the parameters of the hospital or in a certain population. It is also becoming a leading cause of hospital re-admissions for the aging individual across ethnic communities. Treatment and prevention programs are even more imperative now after changes in reimbursements related to the Health Care Reform Act. The purpose of Malnutrition Awareness Week is to continue to raise awareness of malnutrition and its negative effects on individuals and health care costs. In addition, Malnutrition Awareness Week activities intend, to provide specific strategies for addressing and implementing programs and resources to combat malnutrition within the hospital and community settings.
This webinar will address malnutrition in the aging adult, specifically during transitional care from the hospital to the home and in those experiencing age-related sarcopenia. Furthermore, available interventions and community programs for the older adult will be discussed.
1. Outline reasons the older adult is at an increased risk for developing malnutrition
2. Describe the development of sarcopenia and how it affects the aging individual
3. Outline current interventions and community programs available which address malnutrition in this population
Faculty and Topics
Malnutrition during Care Transitions in Older Adults: Next Steps
Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, Associate Professor of Nursing Doctoral Nursing Nutrition Science, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Sarcopenia in the Older Adult: Prevalence and Interventions
Roger Fielding, PhD, Senior Scientist & Director, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, & Sarcopenia Laboratory; Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; Tufts University, Boston, MA
Kris M. Mogensen, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, Registered Dietitian, Department of Nutrition, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
CE Credit: 1.5 hours