Briefing Paper on the Role of the Dietitian in the Prevention and Management of Nutrition-related Disorders in Older Adults

08.9.2016

Dietitians play a key role in the prevention and management of nutrition-related disorders in older adults (i.e. in this paper referred to as individuals aged over 65 years). Dietitians, as members of integrated multidisciplinary teams, are uniquely qualified to apply scientific evidence to the promotion of healthy eating, individualised nutritional therapy and counselling to individuals and groups (Arvantitakis et al., 2009).

The role of the dietitian should be regarded in the light of response to demographic challenges with an increasing proportion of older adults all over Europe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the concept of Active Ageing is built on three main pillars: participation, health, and security with nutrition as part of each of these pillars (WHO, 2002). The main purpose is to maintain autonomy through physical independence, to prevent disability by rehabilitation and to ensure quality of life of older adults (WHO, 2002).

The European Union (EU) has taken several actions to facilitate the creation of an active ageing culture in Europe, based on the principle of “a society for all ages”. The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EC, 2012), aims to increase the number of healthy life years by two years by 2020.

Briefing Paper on the Role of the Dietitian in the Prevention and Management of Nutrition-related Disorders in Older Adults

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