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Is Irregularity Normal for an Aging Adult?

Doris is a 69 year old woman who lives in an assisted living facility and has recently had problems with “irregularity”, her polite word for constipation. She thought it was a symptom of aging, but the problem was really starting to bother her. Despite her embarrassment, she summoned up her…Read More

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Nutritional Needs for Older Adults During Times of Stress and Trauma

Critical illness such as trauma, injury, burns, wounds, pressure injuries, major surgery, or sepsis cause a stress response that can result in hypermetabolism, increased catabolism, and loss of lean body mass (LBM). This type of… Read More

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Celiac Disease in Older Adults: Incidence and Management

Julia started a new job as the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) at a continuing care retirement community. She noticed that the community’s assisted living and skilled nursing units each had a handful of physician orders…Read More

Should Obese Older Adults in Post-Acute Care Be Encouraged to Lose Weight?

Ana, a registered dietitian nutritionist at a skilled nursing facility, received a consult from the facility physician for weight loss for 80-year Mabel, whose BMI is 37. Ana is new to long-term term care but… Read More

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Making Mealtime Magic for Older Adults in Health Care Communities

In the past couple of years, Covid has thrown the best of intentions for food service delivery and dining in post-acute care facilities into turmoil. Staffing shortages, communal dining restrictions, and food supply chain issues… Read More

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Should Older Adults Ditch the Diet for the Holiday Season?

The smell of turkey roasting in the oven… The sight of the table set for a very special holiday gathering… Candles glowing brightly…festive holiday music… The flavor of your favorite holiday dessert melting in your… Read More

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Vegetarian and Plant-Based Diets for the Aging Population

Vegetarian and Plant-Based Diets for the Aging Population

Alexis is a registered dietitian nutritionist who works with older adults of varying ages in numerous settings including private practice, outpatient counseling and a skilled nursing facility with 60 long-term care beds (mainly complex medical…Read More

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Dietary Guidance to Improve Cardiovascular Health

 Willie’s daughter, Simone, is worried about her father’s eating habits. Willie is 66 years old, has hypertension and coronary artery disease, and recently had angioplasty. Willie's father died of a heart attack when he was…Read More

Guidelines for managing cholesterol

Managing Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Kathleen’s parents and grandfathers all died because of heart disease. Now 65, she assumed her risk was probably high due to family history, her 20 year history of hypertension, and current overweight condition. She had…Read More

Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

Mrs. Fernandez is a 66-year-old woman who has had several blood pressure readings between 128/90 and 135/95 mm Hg in the past few months. Her physician has sometimes taken the attitude of “watchful waiting” but…Read More

Restrict or Liberalize? Therapeutic Diets for Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Restrict or Liberalize? Therapeutic Diets for Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Richard is 88-years old and was recently hospitalized post myocardial infarction (MI) for placement of a stent and management of heart failure. Prior to the MI, he had hypertension that was controlled with medications and…Read More

Heart healthy foods to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

Clear the Confusion: What to Eat to Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Janelle is a 59-year-old woman who is concerned about her risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Her mother died at age 61 from a heart attack, and even though Janelle is relatively healthy, her LDL cholesterol…Read More

September is Hunger Action Month

Focus on Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious condition in which RDNs play a vital role in diagnosing and treating. Learn more about malnutrition, how to increase awareness of the severity of malnutrition in our country, and learn about…Read More

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