Geriatric Nutrition – NUTR 647

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 03/07/2022

Course Description

Exploration of the topics related to the health and well-being of the aging and aged. Nutrition needs, lifestyle behaviors, and physical activity will be discussed in relation to chronic conditions in the later years.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


It is nutrition’s important role throughout the life-cycle that makes this class an essential component for the Master of Nutrition Science program. While students may enter the class with an awareness of the general importance of nutrition in aging, it is through the material covered in this class that they will learn about macro and micronutrients, nutrition assessment, chronic disease in aging and elderly nutrition programs. Students will reflect on how to view these topics through the lens of God’s Word.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the risks of poor nutrition in aging.
  2. Explain strategies to overcome reduced nutrient intake in aging.
  3. Examine the influences of social economic status, physiology and disease in aging.
  4. Determine the most accurate and effective methods for assessing nutrition intake in elderly.
  5. Investigate the impact of nutrient drug interactions.
  6. Compare the challenges of adequate nutrition in aging with the Word of God.

Course Assignment

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

The student will complete four Discussions. Each discussion will consist of a thread and at least two replies. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

The student will assume the role of a nutrition care provider to assess and evaluate three case studies related to various chronic diseases. After doing the assigned reading, the student will fully answer all case study questions provided and submit their responses. All assignments must be completed in question and answer format and incorporate citations and references in AMA format.

The student will research elderly nutrition programs in their community (federal, state, country and private). Present a summary of 5 of the programs in your community. Compare and contrast these programs. Be sure to include the pertinent information like name, website, location, services, population, eligibility and enrollment and sources of program funding. Finally, provide a critical analysis of the nutrition aspect of the program.