12:45 pm - 2:15 pm | Constitution Ballroom | Nutrition and Healthy Cognitive Aging

Nutrition and Healthy Cognitive Aging

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm | Sunday, 7/23 | Constitution Ballroom

Moderators: Claire Bell, MSPH, RD CSG, Veterans Health Administration; Linda Bobroff PhD, RDN, University of Florida 
Speakers: Auriel A. Willette, PhD, MS, Iowa State University and University of Iowa; Ucheoma O. Akobundu, PhD, RD, University of Maryland College Park

Cognitive decline adversely affects health, independence, and quality of life among aging individuals, and contributes to stress and associated health concerns among caregivers, many of whom are family members. Nutrition educators need to have access to the latest research in nutrition and cognition to have the knowledge and skills to provide nutrition interventions to their adult clients for healthy cognitive aging. This session brings together two speakers who offer physiological and nutrition/diet perspectives on healthy cognitive aging and will include an interactive discussion and Q & A.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Workshop participants will increase their understanding of the physiological changes that occur as the brain ages, and how these changes can be mitigated by lifestyle choices.
  2. Workshop participants will increase their knowledge about dietary components, individual foods, and dietary patterns that promote or are associated with healthy cognitive aging.
  3. Workshop participants will incorporate information from this session in their teaching, research, and/or community outreach programs.

Session sponsored by the Healthy Aging Division.