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Role Statement

EFAD ESDN Older Adults Statement Paper on the Role of the Dietitian in the Prevention and Management of Nutrition-related Disease in the Older Adults

Dietitians are key in the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, one of the greatest and most expensive risk factors for mortality in older adults. Nutrition is embedded in the management of chronic diseases, malnutrition and functional abilities of older adults. Nutrition also plays a preventative role and is identified as a key component for quality of life.

The role of the dietitian is essential in both primary and secondary prevention. This aims to decrease the risk of non-communicable diseases including conditions as sarcopenia and malnutrition, and respectively prevention and treatment of malnutrition including risk of dehydration.

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

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. 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.

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