Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 1.5 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: This session presents an overview of the scientific evidence for the use of nutritional supplements in older adults for primary and secondary prevention of disease. Multivitamin/minerals, antioxidant nutrients, vitamin D/calcium, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids will be discussed. The discussion will end with a case study and review of practical web-based resources to aid clinicians in answering the difficult questions often involved in considering nutritional supplements for patients.
Summarize the evidence for the health benefits and harms from multivitamin/minerals, antioxidants, vitamin D/calcium, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Apply the information provided to advise patients on the safe and effective dosages for multivitamin/minerals, antioxidants, vitamin D/calcium, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Use practical web-based resources as a source of additional information and for facts on supplements not covered in the session, as well as for patient education.
Speakers(s): Gwendolen T. Buhr, MD, CMD; Connie W. Bales, PhD, RD
Disclosure(s): Connie W. Bales, PhD, RD has no disclosures to report. Gwendolen T. Buhr, MD, CMD has no disclosures to report.
References: Buhr G, Bales CW. Nutritional Supplements for Older Adults: Review and Recommendations; Part I. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 2009;28:5-29. Buhr G, Bales CW. Nutritional Supplements for Older Adults: Review and Recommendations; Part II. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 2009 In Press