Symposium Session: Healthy, Happy, Hundred: Healthy Aging Strategies for Boomers and Beyond
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4040, 4190, 5000, 5090, 5100; Level 2
Do you want to live to be 100? Most people say, “Only if I’m healthy!” More people are living to older ages than ever before. The “Silver Tsunami” is creating a dramatic increase in the numbers of older Americans: 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2030. But Americans are not necessarily “healthy.” About one-half of all adults have one or more chronic health condition, and 25% of adults have two or more. An astounding 87% of older adults have hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes or a combination of these conditions; and 95% of health care spending for this age group is attributed to chronic conditions.
Now is the time to empower Baby Boomers and older adults to take control – to improve their health, functionality, and quality of life with the goal of living as independently as possible for as long as possible. This session will explore modifiable risk factors for chronic disease, focusing on chronic conditions related to diet, and provide some practical nutrition and health interventions and resources for the aging people you serve.
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Identify modifiable risk factors for chronic conditions related to diet.
- Determine individualized nutrition interventions for chronic conditions related to diet in adults/older adults.
- Identify resources available to help patients/clients improve chronic conditions related to diet.
Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND
Founder and president of Nutrition Consulting Services Inc., and Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc. based in Naples, FL. Served on the Academy's Board of Directors from 2011-14 and current Chair of the Council on Future Practice.
- 1.50 CDR