DPT 775: Geriatric Nutrition for Physical Therapists in Clinical Practice

Course Description Designed for graduate students in physical therapy who are preparing to work with older adults, this course provides the practitioner with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to assume an active role as a member of the health care team that makes decisions regarding the nutritional health of older individuals. The overall theme of the course is healthy aging, and the role of the health professional in helping older adults reach this goal through recommendation of appropriate dietary and exercise programs. This course presents the current thinking and emerging knowledge regarding the nutritional needs, problems and delivery of care in the aging. Where possible, both descriptive and experimental evidence are presented to encourage the therapist to evaluate critically the status of nutrient needs in older adults and to develop appropriate strategies to improve the nutritional health of older individuals. National statistics comparing the dietary, anthropometrics and biochemical status of aging populations in the United States are provided. New data from the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes of Individuals, conducted by the US Department of Agriculture, as well as the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey being conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, are examined.
Credits 2