Webinar: Nutrition and Mental Health in Long Term Care
Many of us struggled with our mental health during the pandemic, as did our patients and clients. In addition, the changes in the long-term care (LTC) landscape mean that many facilities are starting to admit patients with different health concerns - including mental health conditions - than they had in years past. While mental illnesses and the medications used to treat them can often have an effect on weight and appetite, many clinicians do not feel confident or fully knowledgeable about giving recommendations to patients as they cope with these illnesses.
Join Cassie Whitmore, RD, LMNT, on Thursday, June 15, 2023, from 2-3 p.m. ET, for a webinar that will focus on the etiology of mental health illnesses and how these conditions can affect nutrition status. She will discuss the challenges patients and clients face and detail how RDs – in the LTC setting, as well as other health care arenas – can support and guide them to better health.
After completing this continuing education activity, health care professionals and clinicians will be better able to:
- Discuss the mental health diagnoses most often seen in long-term care (LTC) settings.
- Identify the different nutrition challenges for patients and clients in LTC who have mental health diagnoses.
- Describe options for nutrition interventions in this population.
Cassandra “Cassie” Whitmore, RD, LMNT, has been a practicing dietitian for more than 10 years. She received her bachelor's degrees in public health nutrition and dietetics from Kansas State University. After starting her career working in acute care and inpatient eating disorders in Kansas City, she moved on to management in a critical access hospital. Most of her career has been spent working in long-term care at various facilities throughout the state of Nebraska, which included time as an employee wellness dietitian. Cassie has also worked as an outpatient dietitian with a focus on diabetes education and eating disorders and has notable experience in hospice and mental healthcare.
Cassie is currently self-employed as a consultant dietitian and speaker, and she’s based in Lincoln, Nebraska where she lives with her husband and son.
The faculty and planners for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. An “ineligible company” includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
In support of improving patient care, Great Valley Publishing Company is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
This activity will also award credit for dietetics (CDR CPEU).
RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Sphere and Competency selection is at the learner’s discretion.
- 1.00 CDR
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