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Title:The Role of Nutrition in Maintaining Health in the Nation's Elderly: Evaluating Coverage of Nutrition Services for the Medicare Population
Pub. date: 2000
Includes: Available as paperback book or PDF
Audience: Nutrition Educators
Language: English
Description:"Malnutrition and obesity are both common among Americans over age 65. There are also a host of other medical conditions from which older people and other Medicare beneficiaries suffer that could be improved with appropriate nutritional intervention. Despite that, access to a nutrition professional is very limited.
  • Do nutrition services benefit older people in terms of morbidity, mortality, or quality of life?
  • Which health professionals are best qualified to provide such services?
  • What would be the cost to Medicare of such services? Would the cost be offset by reduced illness in this population?

This book addresses these questions, provides recommendations for nutrition services for the elderly, and considers how the coverage policy should be approached and practiced. The book discusses the role of nutrition therapy in the management of a number of diseases. It also examines what the elderly receive in the way of nutrition services along the continuum of care settings and addresses the areas of expertise needed by health professionals to provide appropriate nutrition services and therapy."

Developer: Committee on Nutrition Services for Medicare Beneficiaries, Food and Nutrition Board
Organization: Institute of Medicine
Phone: 888-624-8373
Length: 384 pages
Reviewers Comments: This book is a useful reference tool for nutrition professionals who work with older adults in almost any capacity. Nutrition services in the acute cares setting, ambulatory setting, post-acute, long-term care and community-based programs are all discussed. Information is presented in a comprehensive and organized manner. Diseases faced by older adults and nutritional implications are reviewed. The book may be also used by professors and students in academic settings. It is a great general reference tool to have on hand, and the entire 384-page resource is available for free online, or can be downloaded or purchased for a fee.
Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: RC953.8.D54 R65 2000
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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: National Academies Press
    Mail: 500 Fifth Street NW, Lockbox 285
Washington, DC 20055
    Phone: (888) 624-8373
    Ordering: Available online or for purchase
    Order URL:
    Cost: 52.00 per paperback book, read online for free
    Avail. in Qty: No
    ISBN:ISBN-10:0-309-06846-0 ISBN-13:978-0-309-06846-8

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