Calcium Balance in Older Adults

Several factors affect nutrient utilization in older adults, including diet, medications, and health conditions. Calcium absorption is of particular concern because in addition to the latter factors that could inhibit uptake, calcium depends on magnesium and vitamin D, making achieving adequate balance more difficult. Furthermore, calcium is especially important for older adults’ bone health; they’re […]

Constipation in Older Adults

Doris is a healthy 69-year-old woman who recently has had problems with “irregularity,” her polite word for constipation. She thought it was just a symptom of aging, but the problem was really starting to bother her. Despite her embarrassment, Doris summoned up the courage to talk with her primary care provider (PCP), who ruled out […]

Vegetarian/Vegan Diets and Aging

Alexis is an RD who works with older adults of varying ages in numerous settings including private practice, outpatient counseling, and a skilled nursing facility with 60 long term care beds (mainly comprising complex medical issues), and 40 short-term rehabilitation beds. She has noticed a trend toward patients/residents wanting to eat more plant-based, vegetarian, and […]

Food Safety for Older Adults

George has been living alone since his wife recently passed. She did all the cooking, so George’s culinary skills are limited to reheating food on the stove or in the microwave. His daughter June worried about her 81-year-old dad having enough to eat, so she always brought him heat-and-eat meals when she visited. June arranged […]

Celiac Disease in Older Adults

Julia started a new job as the RD at a continuing care retirement community. She noticed that the community’s assisted living and skilled nursing units had a number of physician orders for gluten-free diets. Julia decided to evaluate each of these orders to determine whether they’re based on a diagnosis of celiac disease (CD), and […]

Adopt the IDDSI for Dysphagia

Marsha is an RD and clinical nutrition coordinator for a small chain of skilled nursing facilities. When attending the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ in October 2018, she learned that the Academy and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association both support the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI). On […]