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OT Assistant

Geriatrics 217
Nutrition, Occupational Performance, and the Phenomenology of Food in Later Life


  • Understand how undernutrition can lead to poor overall health outcomes in older adults
  • List three common nutritional deficiencies in older adults
  • Understand the role nutrition plays in chronic disease
  • Recognize that foods can often interact with commonly used drugs
  • Describe appropriate occupational therapy interventions to assist older adults who have feeding problems, including interventions targeting food preparation
  • List and explain the use of adaptive devices that can assist frail older adults with self-feeding
  • Discuss factors that might impede eating and swallowing and related intervention approaches
  • Summarize feeding techniques that caregivers should know to optimally assist an older adult with feeding problems
  • Understand the relevance of social, cultural, and personal meanings of food and eating in the everyday lives of older adults
  • Discuss gender differences in the meaning of food and eating in later life
  • Comprehend various meanings of food among residents in long-term care settings

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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