Ultra-Processed Food and Older Adult Cognitive Health – Short Course

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Course Expires August 15, 2026
Credits: 2
Accreditations: CDR
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Learn about the relationship between intake of ultra-processed food and cognitive health in older adults with this case-study based CPE program.

This course requires reading of an article that outlines the results of a study of 3,632 adults over the age of 60 using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to assess the relationship between intake of ultra-processed food and cognitive health.

A case-study based CPE program and exam assist the learner to apply the information to their work setting.

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

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

  1. Interpret and apply learnings from evidence-based literature on the relationship between intake of ultra-processed food and cognitive health in older adults.
  2. Enhance knowledge and obtain new knowledge in the relationship between intake of ultra-processed food and cognitive health in older adults.
  3. Differentiate between outdated and current evidence-based recommendations related to the intake of ultra-processed food by older adults.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 178118 Self Study Activity Type: 740 Web-Based

CPE Level: II

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

      • 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence-based literature and standards for determining nutritional needs of target audiences.
      • 8.2.1 Engages in educational activities to maintain knowledge and to obtain new knowledge of diseases and clinical conditions.
      • 8.2.2 Differentiates between outdated and current evidence-based practice related to the management of diseases and clinical conditions.

Note: Numerous other CDR 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 8 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: Association between ultra-processed food consumption and cognitive performance in US older adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the NHANES 2011-2014 (a link to the document is included in the downloadable course document).

Disclaimer: The text associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles that will be applied 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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This course provides the most current and pertinent information on the consumption of ultra-processed foods and cognitive health in aging individuals. I haven't seen much information on this subject matter and every RDN should add this to their education arsenal.
- Ultra-Processed Food and Older Adult Cognitive Health Self-Study Course
Sue Linja, RDN, LD
As the population is aging, it is important to gain more insight on nutrition and cognitive decline. This course and required reading are timely and align with the Academy's vision with the Council of Future Practice.
- Ultra-Processed Food and Older Adult Cognitive Health Self-Study Course
Emma Fogt, MBA, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EdD
This self study course and required reading benefit RDNs who educate both young and older adults and the consumption of processed foods and the potential effects on their cognition as they age. I have the opportunity to work with a wide age-range of clients. I often provide younger clients with this type of evidence-based information to promote better food choices to prevent or decrease chances of dementia. Over my years, clients get more motivated to make changes to their diet when they learn about this type of study. I love turning their motivation into habits that can last a long lifetime.
- Ultra-Processed Food and Older Adult Cognitive Health Self-Study Course
Marnee Keeler, RDN, LD

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