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At Becky Dorner & Associates, we’re dedicated to advocating for excellence in nutrition care and optimizing health for older adults. This month I am pleased to share articles related to food insecurity, an issue that affects many older adults. I’m hopeful that as nutritionists, we can recognize that while it…Read More

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CMS Regulations for Nursing Homes Regarding Meal Times and the 14 Hour Rule

CMS Regulations for Nursing Homes

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Advancing Nutritional Care for Older Adults

  Author(s): Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND In the older adult population, the consequences of malnutrition can have a major impact on health, such as unintended weight loss, sarcopenia, frailty, and delayed healing of pressure ulcers…. Read More

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Nutritional Needs for Older Adults During Times of Stress and Trauma

Older adults need additional calories, protein and other nutrients during periods of stress Critical illness or chronic conditions like trauma, injury, burns, wounds, pressure ulcers, major surgery, or sepsis cause a stress response that can… Read More

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Keeping Seniors Fit: How Health Care Professionals Can Assist Older Adults to Avoid Sarcopenia

Health care professionals who care for older adults can help prevent and treat Sarcopenia. Approximately 45% of the older adults in the U.S. are affected by sarcopenia, the progressive loss of muscle mass, function, quality,… Read More

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Should Obese Older Adults in Health Care Communities Be Encouraged to Lose Weight?

  The obesity epidemic challenges health care professionals who care for older adults. Our next great challenge in working with the nutritional needs of older adults in health care communities will be one that we… Read More

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Dining Takes Center Stage in Health Care Communities

  Health care communities are making person-centered dining programs the center of attraction! Nursing homes and assisted living facilities alike are embracing the concept of changing their internal culture from institutional-based care to person-centered care… Read More

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RDs Making a Difference in Haiti (Part 2)

It’s been a while since I last blogged about our efforts to assist the hospital in Port au Prince Haiti. The nurse we were working with has moved back to the U.S., but continues to… Read More

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Disaster Planning

  Picture this: Disaster strikes… Your pre-prepared emergency plan is in place, your staff has been trained. But when the time comes the plan falls apart because emergency services can’t get in to help you—and… Read More

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RDs Making a Difference: Nutrition Help for Haiti Hospital Patients

Despite the fact that it has been more than a year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, people there are still in desperate need of help. It’s amazing to realize that even a small donation… Read More

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New Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D

The Institute of Medication (IOM) of the National Academies, Food and Nutrition Board released new recommendations for vitamin D and calcium on November 30, 2010. Health claims have been made forcancer prevention, diabetes, falls, preeclampsia, and…Read More

Hot Topics in Long Term Care from ADA FNCE 2010

Hot Topics in Nutrition Care for Older Adults from ADA FNCE 2010  The American Dietetic Association (ADA) held its annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition (FNCE) in Boston November 6-9, 2010. It was a… Read More

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The MDS 3.0 is Here! Are you Ready?

The long awaited MDS 3.0 is finally here and all nursing homes must be ready to implement on October 1, 2010. That means a whole new process and many changes in data collection, interview process,… Read More

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