Medicare for Lifelong Wellness

At Hazel’s 65th birthday celebration, her older sister asked whether she’d scheduled her initial “wellness” visit with her primary care physician (PCP). Hazel had enrolled in Medicare but didn’t know anything about this. She jokingly responded, “Why is a ‘wellness’ visit needed for someone of my age and medical condition?!” Hazel’s history included breast cancer, […]

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 […]

Healthy Aging for Men

As the owner of a large landscape nursery, Bill was fairly physically active until he sold the business in January—the same month he turned 65. Determined to enjoy his retirement, Bill created a bucket list of international travel and other activities that require him to be in good physical condition. However, since retiring a few […]

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 […]

Preventing Dehydration in Older Adults

Dehydration, a state that occurs when the body doesn’t have enough water to function normally, is one of the most common health conditions older adults experience. As adults age, sensation of thirst decreases and the kidneys’ ability to retain water lessens; this makes older adults more prone to dehydration. Other common conditions that may cause […]