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CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)22
First Published
Updated31 January 2019
Expires 29 June 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course examines the role that nutrition plays in healthy ageing and reinforces the need for ongoing assessment of an older person's nutritional requirements. Questions such as "what should older people eat?" and "why is good nutrition important as we age?" are discussed.

Topics include:

  • Factors affecting an older person's nutrition
  • The physiological changes associated with ageing
  • Management strategies for older people with poor food intake
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Texture modified foodstuffs

Target audience

Health professionals working with older people in a variety of healthcare facilities, including respite and aged care homes, and acute, subacute and community settings.


Reinforce knowledge of the important role that nutrition plays in healthy ageing.


Adequate nutrition and hydration is vital to sustaining life, especially as people age. Unfortunately, many older people are not adequately nourished. A potential reason for this is that staff working in residential aged care facilities may lack sufficient knowledge regarding the nutritional needs of older people in their care.

Current evidence suggests that education to enhance the knowledge of staff in recognising and responding to older residents with compromised nutrition is needed. Paying careful attention to the nutritional needs of older adults in residential aged care can lead to a better quality of life, a greater sense of wellbeing, and improved clinical outcomes for these individuals.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explain why good nutrition is important as people age
  • Identify barriers to adequate nutrition in older people
  • Describe the dietary requirements of older people

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Yvonne Coleman

Yvonne Coleman has worked as a dietitian for more than two decades in Aged Care, initially in the public health sector and currently as Founding Principal of Nutrition Consultants Australia. Nutrition Consultants Australia provides both a consultancy service to the Residential Aged Care Sector and is a micro publisher. Yvonne enjoys the challenge of balancing multiple medical problems with medications and nutrition See Educator Profile

CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)22
First Published
Updated31 January 2019
Expires 29 June 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Aged Care
Residential Aged Care
Community Nursing
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

22 Total Rating(s)
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Maria Zubcakova
09 Feb 2020

Very informative

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Donna Marguerite Murnane
08 Feb 2020

Great source of information

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Shazia Sabreen Ali
06 Feb 2020

Well presented and easy to understand and reflect.

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Dale Burnham
03 Feb 2020

This video was extremely helpful and full of resourse information

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Kelly Noakes
29 Jan 2020

Comprehensive look at nutritional barriers for the elderly.

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Mini Uthuppu
13 Jan 2020

this resource reinforce my knowledge enlighten where to focus. and encouraged me to concentrate the week area and organize dirty requirements to overcome the barrier.

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Peter O'Connor
12 Jan 2020


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Lijia Fan
22 Dec 2019


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John Seaman
19 Feb 2019

Proper nutrition and dietary requirements for older people should be considered as the primary approach to 'healthy ageing'. This module provided a good basic overview of this important and often overlooked area of nursing care for the elderly.

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Jade Miles
13 Feb 2019

Very informative