Quality Malnutrition Care for Older Adults – Short Course

Credits: 5
Course Expiration: January 26, 2024
Professional Approvals: CDR, NCBDE
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Course Description and Required Reading

This continuing professional education self-study course includes required reading of an electronic document focused on the growing national crisis of older adult malnutrition. The document aims to promote recognition of malnutrition as a “key indicator and vital sign of older adult health.” Learn how to identify specific strategies that will raise awareness of malnutrition and enhance current efforts to screen, detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent malnutrition. Determine specific solutions that are feasible within both public and private sectors and across the continuum of acute, post-acute, and community settings in order to address older adult malnutrition.

This CPE course will familiarize the participant with the current impact of malnutrition among older adults and the key recommendations that can be implemented to combat this issue. The CPE program requires the learner to apply the information in the required reading to a case-study based exam.

Purchasing Options: This is available as Additional Certificate only. Includes a link to the required reading in the course document, electronic test, and 1 certificate with passing grade.

This detailed course provides clinicians with an excellent overview of the tools needed to address the concern of malnutrition care for older adults and implement changes in their own practice with an aging population.
- Stacey Phillips, MS, RDN
Quality Malnutrition Care for Older Adults- Short Course
Defeating malnutrition is an uphill climb; this course provides "directional handholds" to help us along the path forward.
- Jane Bennett, MS, RDN, LD
Quality Malnutrition Care for Older Adults- Short Course
The material provided in this continuing education course not only gives a clear framework to evaluating and treating malnutrition on a multidisciplinary level, but also empowers the nutritional professional to be actively engaged in the process.
- Angela Sims, MPH, RD, LDN
Quality Malnutrition Care for Older Adults- Short Course

After completing this continuing professional education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Apply medical nutrition therapy to malnutrition prevention and treatment.
  2. Keep abreast of nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends that apply to malnutrition care for older adults.
  3. In collaboration with the client and interdisciplinary team (including NDTRs), select and implement current and evidence-based nutrition interventions and patient education for malnutrition prevention and treatment.
  4. Adhere to and communicate relevant regulations, dietary guidelines, and organization policies that promote malnutrition prevention and treatment through menu development and implementation.

This course is intended for: RDNs, CDEs/CDCES and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 160916   Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: II

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 8.1.5 Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
  • 10.2.9 In collaboration with the client and interdisciplinary team (including NDTRs), selects and implements current and evidence-based nutrition interventions and patient education.
  • 13.2.1 Adheres to and communicates relevant regulations, dietary guidelines, and organization policies in menu development and implementation.

Note: Numerous other Performance Indicators may apply.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 25 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: National Blueprint: Achieving Quality Malnutrition Care for Older Adults, 2020 Update

The text/book associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles which they will apply in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.

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