The year 2030 marks an important demographic turning point in U.S. history as all baby boomers will be older than age 65 expanding the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age. Within a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. The exponential growth of the aging population offers many opportunities for RDNs and DTRs for “evidence-based” nutrition in overall health management while expanding options for having a life defined by meaning and purpose. This session will discuss redefining the aging population, the challenges with ageism and how RDNs and DTRs can provide successful leadership, and innovation with best practice to meet nutritional needs of the older adult.

LEARNING NEED CODES:
4190 Elderly nutrition
1070 Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
5040 Long-term, intermediate, assisted living

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:
3.1.6 Takes an active role in sharing information and knowledge.
8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.