Join Sue Stillman Linja, RDN, LD and SeAnne Safaii-Waite, PhD, RDN, LD as they discuss Alzheimer’s disease, the crucial role of nutrition, and the evidence behind the latest research. This webinar was done in collaboration with Today’s Dietitian.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is currently the 5th leading cause of death in those 65 and older, and by 2050, estimates predict that 16 million people will have the disease. Translation? One person every 33 seconds will be diagnosed with AD.
Mounting evidence is pointing to the Western diet as a likely culprit behind AD, as it is with other chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Individuals with high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure also have an increased risk of AD. Some autopsy studies reveal as many as 80% of those with AD also have cardiovascular disease. While there is no known cure for AD, dietary changes can reduce the risk of developing this devastating disease.
With rising numbers of all types of dementia (AD accounts for 60-80%), it is crucial for health professionals to stay abreast of the latest research. This session will provide a meta-analysis of the research behind the Alzheimer’s-Diet connection, review other diets currently being touted for dementia prevention, and clearly outline the science behind foods that can help nourish and protect the brain from AD.
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After completing this continuing education course, the learner should be able to:
- Identify modifiable risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease development.
- Understand the connection between diet and brain health.
- Verbalize the science behind foods that have mind nourishing attributes.
- Understand how to help clients incorporate brain-healthy foods into their daily diets.
CDR Level: II
Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:
- 4040 Disease prevention, health promotion
- 4190 Elderly nutrition
- 5090 Adults
- 5300 Neurological: stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries
Additional Learning Needs Codes that may apply (including but not limited to): 4000
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:
4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision making
8.3.1 Maintains the knowledge and skill to manage a variety of disease states and clinical conditions
8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends
9.4.5 Implements an individualized teaching plan in order to promote, maintain and enhance nutritional health and learning
Additional CDR Learning Need Codes and Performance Indicators may also apply.
Sue Stillman Linja, RDN, LD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, specializing in geriatric nutrition. Sue has spent the past 25 years of her nutrition career working with those living the later years of their lives, both individuals in pursuit of nutritional health and longevity and those at life’s end. Nutrition and aging is her passion. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, Sue has had a special interest in helping others and ways to ward off this mind-and-body debilitating disease.
In addition to creating and implementing quality nutrition and menu services for her clients, Sue and her business partner of 22 years also provide contract work for more than 50 dietitians in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas and Utah. Sue is popular on the media circuit as a speaker for nutrition and aging seminars in the northwest and has worked on multiple nutrition publications and articles on this topic. She thoroughly enjoys meeting and working with her clients, especially those living into their 8th, 9th and 10th decades of life. Sue learns valuable life lessons from her oldest clients that she is fortunate enough to meet.
Disclosures: Sue Stillman Linja has no relevant disclosures to report. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program.
SeAnne Safaii-Waite, PhD, RDN, LD is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Idaho. She is a nutrition communications professional, a registered dietitian nutritionist and educator. Her current research focuses on investigating the dietary practices of centenarians from around the world, chronic disease prevention and diabetes. The author of many journal articles and textbook chapters, SeAnne is also a sought-after nutrition expert for websites, newspapers, and local television networks.
She is a 2014 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Outstanding Dietitian Award and the University of Idaho Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award 2015. SeAnne and her husband, live in Boise, Idaho, with adult children residing across the USA.
Dr. Waite’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago. She now resides at an assisted living center where they specialize in memory care. She has experienced firsthand all of the horrible stories people tell you about AD. Her mom who was the sweetest person, never swore in her life, became mean and ornery, often hitting her care givers. She tried to escape from every facility that she was in and succeeded in some cases, jeopardizing her life. It is her passion to help prevent this disease as much as possible through what she has learned about the link of AD to diet.
Disclosures: Dr. SeAnne Safaii-Waite has no relevant disclosures to report. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program.