Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

414. The Aging of America: Nutritional Guidance for a Rapidly Expanding Population

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

The proportion of older adults in the United States is increasing and expected to double by 2050. This shift has implications across the social ecological model. This population shift will have impacts on the healthcare workforce, eldercare industry, food and nutrition programs and public policy. Ensuring that older adults have access to and consume diets consistent with healthy eating patterns is essential in promoting optimal physical and cognitive states and delaying the onset of chronic disease. Registered Dietitians must be poised to provide nutrition interventions that promote healthy aging especially in adapted living environments.

Planned with Committee for Public Health/Community Nutrition

Award Presentation: Excellence in Practice – Community Dietetics Award
Samia Hamdan, MPH, RDN

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4040 - Disease prevention
  • 4190 - Elderly nutrition (stages of life cycle)
  • 5100 - Elderly (client population)

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Mary Ellen Posthauer, RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, FAND is the President of MEP Healthcare Dietary Services.
She is a Past Chairman of the Academy’s Quality Management Committee, Position Committee and Unintended Weight Loss-Evidence Analysis Project and past chair of the DHCC-DPG. She is past-president of Indiana AND, past president and director of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Advances in Skin and Wound Care and Nutrition411 Advisory Board

Mary Ellen has received numerous awards including Indiana Honored Dietitian, the Award of Excellence in Consultation and Private Practice and the Medallion Award. She is a member of the 2008 Food and Nutrition Department’s Hall of Fame at Purdue University. Mary Ellen has published extensively and spoken both nationally and internationally on nutrition for older adults.


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Alice H Lichtenstein, D.Sc.

Dr. Lichtenstein holds the Stanley N. Gershoff Professorship in Nutrition Science and Policy. Prior to her 30-year tenure at Tufts University she was an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. She received her BS in Nutrition from Cornell University, a Masters in Nutrition at Pennsylvania State University, and a second Masters in Nutrition and doctoral degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lichtenstein has served on numerous professional committees and boards, and more notably was the Vice Chairperson for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She has published over 325 Lichtenstein and colleagues, with support from the AARP Foundation, introduced an updated MyPlate for Older Adults icon. She has been recognized with numerous awards and honors.


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Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, FAND

Prior her current role, she spent 25 years working for Genesis Healthcare and was the Clinical Nutrition Manager when she left supervising 107 Registered Dietitians in 144 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. She received her BS in Foods and Nutrition from Marymount College in New York and her Masters in General Administration with a concentration in Health Care from the University of Maryland in College Park. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Nutrition from Rutgers University. Dr. Munoz is currently a director on the board of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and has served in several roles in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics including Professional Development Coordinator for the Dietetics in Health Care Communities practice group and Communications Director for the Healthy Aging DPG. Dr. Munoz has published several books and book chapters with the most recent on Nutrition Assessment Clinical and Research Application in 2018. .


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