Many health conditions in older adults, such as those seen in the bones, muscles, eyes, gut, and even the brain, are nutrition related. We will look at changes associated with health in older adults and the common conditions that can result from poor nutrition. An overview of diet and lifestyle choices that help avoid and reduce these harmful conditions will be discussed, and guidelines will be provided for improving healthy aging through good nutrition.

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize health-related changes associated with nutrition and aging.
  2. Identify age-related health conditions that result from poor nutrition.
  3. Discuss diet and lifestyle choices that can reduce or avoid harmful conditions in older age.

Presenter: Kristin AR Gustashaw, MS, RDN, LDN, CSG holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and a BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition/Dietetics. She is a faculty member at Rush University, and a certified specialist in gerontological nutrition. Among her many professional positions, she is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Healthy Aging and Dietetics in Health Care Communities Practice Groups, an advanced level clinical dietitian at Rush University Medical Center, and a member of the patient menu development team and outpatient dietitian and media liaison for the Rush Nutrition and Wellness Center.

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