Optimizing Nutrition to Improve Muscle Strength in Individuals at Risk for Falls

Program Date: 22 July 2020
Publication Date: 22 October 2020
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll identify the importance of assessing and optimizing muscle strength; discuss practical tips and current guidelines for assessing falls risk, malnutrition and muscle health; and review the importance of protein for maintaining good muscle health. Originally presented as a live webinar on July 22, 2020.

Course Objectives:

•Identify the importance of assessing and optimizing muscle strength to reduce the risk of an older individual falling.
•Discuss practical tips and current guidelines for assessing falls risk, malnutrition and muscle health.
•Review the importance of protein for maintaining good muscle health.
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.3.1, 10.2.1
  • Run Time: 55

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Sanjay Suman, MD, FRCP

Clinical Director
Therapies & Older Person's Program
Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Sanjay Suman is the Clinical Director of the Therapies and Older Persons Program at Medway NHS Foundation Trust in Kent. He was appointed as Consultant Geriatrician in 2007 and is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians, London. Sanjay has special interest frailty, sarcopenia, falls and syncope in elderly and runs an Orthogeriatric service for fracture neck of femur pathway at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. In his Clinical Director role, he has developed several bespoke frailty focused assessment pathways such as Acute Frailty Unit, Emergency Access pathway for acute frailty, falls and syncope clinic for elderly. In the community, he has supported development of several services such as Care Home Support services, Geriatricians led MDT meetings in the community to name a few. He has been a recipient of Academic Health Sciences Network (Kent, Sussex and Surrey) Leadership and Innovation award for Excellence in Out of Hospital Care category 2017.

As a subject matter expert, Sanjay has delivered a number of keynote lectures on frailty, sarcopenia, polypharmacy reduction and falls at National and International Conferences. He is passionate about improving the reversible components of frailty, such as nutritional status and polypharmacy reduction, contributing to improving clinical outcomes for frail individuals, both in primary and secondary care.

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