Webinar: Nutrition Risk in Older Adults: Taking the Focus Away from Weight
In Canada, one-third of adults aged 65 and older are at nutrition risk, the risk of poor dietary intake and nutritional status. Nutrition risk is associated with increased risk of frailty, hospitalization, and death, and with lower quality of life. Currently there are many tools available to screen individuals for nutrition risk, however most of these have a focus on weight or BMI. In this webinar we will discuss alternative approaches for determining which older adults are at risk for poor nutrition.
At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:
- Understand why nutrition risk occurs
- Why it is important to identify individuals at nutrition risk
- Identify common nutrition risk screening tools
- Describe ways to screen for nutrition risk that don’t involve weight
All registrants will receive access to the webinar recording, transcript, and resources.
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Chris (Christine) Mills is a registered dietitian and PhD candidate in Aging & Health at Queen’s University. Her dissertation explores nutrition risk in community-dwelling older adults in Canada and in residents of naturally occurring retirement communities. Her other research interests include interprofessional primary care, weight bias, food insecurity, and unpaid caregiving. Chris completed her undergraduate studies in applied human nutrition at the University of Guelph, and her master of public health in nutrition and dietetics and dietetic internship at the University of Toronto. Chris has work experience in interprofessional primary care, primarily in Community Health Centres, and in public health. Currently residing in Germany, Chris is a proud military spouse, is owned by four Sphynx cats, and enjoys running, strength training, crochet, and knitting.