Nutrition in older clients: Improving health, independence and happiness

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  • Do you want understand and discuss the main health issues and challenges when working with those over 65?
  • Do you know which tests and questionnaires and NHS and Government guidelines to consider?
  • Come and explore these issues and learn practical recommendations to support dysphagia, appetite and facilitate healthy food choices
  • New Course with Christine Bailey

This CPD course...

  • is delivered: As an online on-demand-video from a live course 
  • is for: nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians, naturopaths,  other health care providers  and final year nutrition students interested in applying  functional medicine approaches to health and well-being (i.e. exploring how nutrients, other foods and lifestyle factors influence the function of the body and how to apply findings in a person–centred manner that recognises individuals’ unique differences)
  • is with: Christine Bailey, Dr Max Gowland
  • spans: 5 hours recording time
  • provides: BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA 5 hours

Keeping active, independent and healthy are essential pre-requisites for enjoying life in later years to the full.  Despite this, malnutrition, sarcopenia and dehydration are far more common in our older population (defined as over 65) than recognised.   All these factors can have implications for further physical and mental ageing.  Between 10-20% of over 65s have at least mild cognitive impairment. This can significantly impact on independent living.  

There are particular challenges when working with older clients. They may have multiple health issues and be on multiple medications. Some may also struggle with their appetite and even their ability to swallow food; some may have a decreased interest or ability to cook and finances may be tight. For those who receive assistance from support services, it can be hard to influence the food they are offered.    

This course will: 

  • Look at the many common aspects of ageing including malnutrition, skeletal changes, sarcopenia, dehydration and immune senescence and changes in gastro intestinal function
  • Consider which tests and questionnaires might be helpful in identifying the root cause of specific issues
  • Explain how to plan personalised nutrition and lifestyle interventions around sarcopenia and osteoporosis, post-surgery wound healing and general maintenance of hydration, electrolyte balance and renal function
  • Provide a wealth of ideas for improving oral nutrition including practical tips to improve food choices and eating patterns; how to support dysphagia and stimulate appetite and how to choose appropriate supplement forms and formulations
  • Discuss how best to involve family or support services and where to refer for specialist support 



What will I learn?

By the end of the recording you will be able to: 

  • Discuss the main nutritional and physiological aspects of ageing including changes to gastro intestinal function and the microbiome and which  nutritional deficiencies can be common 
  • Discuss causes and signs of malnutrition, skeletal changes, sarcopenia, and dehydration.  
  • Explain and critique national nutrition guidelines for energy, macronutrients and micronutrients requirements  for older populations 
  • Critically appraise laboratory tests and questionnaires for assessing  nutrition and functional status  
  • Critically review research on immune senescence and apply implications to  clinical work 
  • Plan personalised nutritional and lifestyle interventions around sarcopenia and osteoporosis, post-surgery wound healing and general maintenance of hydration, electrolyte balance and renal function. 
  • Critically appraise options for improving  oral nutrition including practical tips to support dysphagia, appropriate food choices, eating patterns and appetite and supplement forms and formulations 
  • Critically discuss how relatives and/or support services can help and where to refer to specialist support 

What will be covered?

Session 1 approx. 1hr 15 mins
Malnutrition and sarcopenia in the UK today and understanding national guidelines

  • Key demographic and statistical patterns in older UK populations  
  • Causes and signs of malnutrition, dehydration and sarcopenia and  their impact on health and fitness
  • Overview of key nutritional deficiencies common in older clients as identified in national and international research
  • UK nutrition guidelines for energy, macronutrients, and micronutrients requirements in older clients. Overview of Prime Fifty research and rationale for product formulation
  • Q and A  

Session 2 approx. 1hr 15 mins
Sarcopenia and renal health in further detail 

  • A detailed look at sarcopenia  and renal health: Key processes and nutritional and lifestyle interventions to help maintain muscle mass and maintain electrolyte balance, hydration  and renal function 
  • Reflection exercise 
  • Impaired renal health: Specific recommendations for those with reduced kidney function within boundaries of professional practice 
  • Session review and recap 
  • Q and A 

Session 3 approx. 1hr 15 mins
Nutritional screening; immune senescence; post-surgery and skeletal support recommendations

  • How to identify patients of particular concern regarding nutritional status particularly malnutrition: Appropriate nutritional screening questionnaires and laboratory  testing options 
  • Q and A 
  • Research on immune senescence:  Understanding the process and how to support clients  
  • Reflection exercise 
  • Nutritional requirements post-surgery including wound healing  
  • Nutritional requirements for skeletal support and osteoporosis prevention and management 
  • Session review and recap 
  • Q and A 

Session 4 approx. 1hr 15 mins
Practical recommendations to optimise nutrition and working in different settings 

  • Effective strategies to optimise oral nutrition which reflect physical, economic and social limitations 
  • Reflection exercise  
  • Dysphagia and guidelines on food preparation  
  • Practical recommendations to encourage appetite and facilitate healthy food choices 
  • How to incorporate oral nutrition supplements; which types to consider and why. How to introduce these successfully. 
  • Session review and recap 
  • Q and A 

Who is leading the course?

Christine Bailey MSc MIFM MBANT  

Christine is an award-winning nutritionist, chef and author of over 14 recipe and health books. She regularly appears in the media and runs a successful practice in Berkshire and London where she has supported many older clients.  She lectures on nutrition at BSc and MSc level and presents at national conferences and events on a wide range of health and nutrition topics. Christine runs a range of cookery days on healthy eating and how best to implement specific dietary approaches. 

Dr Max Gowland PhD 

Max Gowland is a biochemist and the Founder and Managing Director of Prime Fifty Ltd, a start-up Company aimed at the health and wellbeing of the over 50s, which focuses on offering GMP manufactured nutritional supplements, tailored to the over 50s and also targeted to specific health areas that are relevant to this age group. Max was Global R&D Director for a multi-billion pound Company some years ago, has also worked also in sports nutrition and now is Chief Scientific Officer at Future You Health based in Cambridge. Max initially conducted research regarding key motivations on people in their 50’s and beyond; their key nutritional deficiencies and best ways to address this. Max’s Doctorate was in the field of amino acid and antibiotic chemistry.

How will I be taught?

This is an edited recording of a live course. It contains presentations interspersed with recorded Q and A sessions. 

How much does it cost and what’s included?

The course price is £89.00. 

  • PDF of presentation  
  • Approx. 5 hours edited recording 
  • Viewing access for a least 90 days. You can access the course up to 10 times. 
  • BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA 5 hours 

Important information

  About this on-demand recording

  • The speaker is not present on this recording and you will not be able to ask them questions but you will be able to see the recorded Q and A sessions.
  • This course was recorded in March 2022. All recordings are removed approximately one year after they are recorded so that we can ensure our courses contain up to date information. You will be able to access the course for at least 90 days and view it up to 10 times before the materials are taken down.

    How do I book?

  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
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  • Participation in an ION CPD course forms part of a practitioner's or individual's ongoing learning. It does not qualify a non-clinically trained practitioner or individual to work in a clinical setting. Individual’s boundaries of safe work, advice or practice are primarily determined by their formal qualifications and related personal insurance. 
  • This on-demand recording is recognised by BANT and the NNA for 5 hrs CPD  
  • Non BANT or NNA registered practitioners may use this course for their CPD depending on the requirements and guidance of their professional body. 

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