You are never too old to enjoy the benefits of improved nutrition and fitness.
~ By Krystle Clark, RDN, Clinical Dietician, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
Eating right and staying fit are important no matter what your age. However, as we get older, our bodies have different needs, so certain nutrients become especially important for good health. Eating right can help keep our bodies and minds sharp, extending our quality of life.
The Value of Working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
One of the many advantages of being a participant at Senior Care Partners PACE (formerly CentraCare) is that each participant is assigned their own Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Each of the RDN’s on staff works with participants to guide and motivate them to make lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and to manage different disease states.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with Senior Care Partners PACE, I have had a multitude of opportunities to work with older adults in our community to improve their lives through nutrition. In one instance, upon enrollment into our program, a participant expressed interest in improving his eating habits to help manage his diabetes. He admitted that he had minimal knowledge of the diabetic diet but was willing to learn. Several visits later, he now has a better understanding of diabetes and how the foods he chooses affect his blood glucose levels. He has made small, impactful changes that led to improved lab values and better diabetes management. He is motivated to continue to make lifestyle changes and recently said to me, “You changed my life. I am now eating more vegetables than I have ever eaten before and had a better understanding of what to eat.”
RDN’s are the nutrition experts of the Interdisciplinary Team at Senior Care Partners PACE.
They must complete a four-year degree which includes a specially designed and accredited nutrition curriculum, complete an extensive supervised program of practice, and pass a rigorous registration exam. RDN’s use science-based practices to administer medical nutrition therapy, provide nutrition support, and educate clients about the influence of nutrition in overall health. An RDN will learn about a person’s health history, favorite foods, and eating and exercising habits to help set nutrition goals. Routine follow-up visits will focus on maintenance and monitoring of progress.
For more information about the many services provided by Senior Care Partners PACE or to inquire about enrollment, please call (269) 441-9319 or visit www.seniorcarepartnersmi.com.
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