Malnutrition and Muscle Loss: Healthy Aging

Program Date: 22 June 2021
Publication Date: 28 October 2021
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 0.5; Dietitian CPEU: 0.5

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll describe the effect of aging on muscle health, eating habits and nutrition knowledge among community-dwelling older adults; compare and contrast conditions of sarcopenia and frailty; and explain the effects of nutrition interventions on muscle and strength over time (as observed in the SHIELD study). Originally presented at the 119th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference as a live webinar on June 22, 2021.

Course Objectives:

• Describe the effect of aging on muscle health, eating habits and nutrition knowledge among community-dwelling older adults. 
• Compare and contrast conditions of sarcopenia and frailty and describe assessment methods for each condition in the community setting. 
• Explain the effects of nutrition intervention on muscle and strength over time (as observed in the SHIELD study).
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.5, 8.2.1
  • Run Time: 17

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Samuel Th Chew, MB, BCH, BAO, FRCP, FAMS

Adj Associate Professor Medicine 
Senior Consultant Geriatrician 
Changi General Hospital, Singapore

Adj Assoc Professor Samuel Chew is a Senior Consultant at the Geriatric Medicine Department, Changi General Hospital, Singhealth CGH Campus. He is a tutor for the Centre of Healthcare Simulation at NUS and the Geriatric Medicine Modular Training Program, Academy of Medicine Singapore and Chapter of Geriatrician, College of Physicians Singapore. He is also faculty member for the Singhealth Residency Program in Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. 

He received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1997; a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics from University College London in 2007 and specialist training in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine from the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board in UK in 2009. He went on to obtain his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2013 and Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine Singapore in 2014. He has been working at Changi General Hospital since October 2010. 

He has a deep passion in delivering evidence-based individualised care for geriatric patients, teaching undergraduate students and postgraduate trainees, and the application of health-care technology in the real-world clinical setting. Clinical work includes acute geriatric medicine, geriatric rehabilitation, management of multi-morbidity in the acute and ambulatory setting, pressure injury prevention, management of malnutrition and sarcopenia in older adults. Current research areas include nutritional health, sarcopenia, clinical pharmacology, pressure injury prevention and cognitive impairment in the older population.

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Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Professor and Campus Alberta Innovate Program (CAIP) 
Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health Director, Human Nutrition Research Unit, Division of Human Nutrition 
University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dr Carla Prado is a Professor at the University of Alberta in Canada and a Campus Alberta Innovate Program (CAIP) chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is also the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit. Dr Prado received her PhD in human nutrition and metabolism from the University of Alberta, Canada, and is a Registered Dietitian in both Canada and Brazil. Dr Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of low muscle mass in patients with diverse conditions. She is currently the principal investigator for four randomized controlled trials investigating the impact of nutrition intervention on body composition and health. She is currently a member of the GLIM Body Composition Working Group, and the Sarcopenic Obesity Consensus Group (ESPEN/EASO). She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle.
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