Episode 76: How Nutrition Impacts The Aging Process with Dr. Melissa Batchelor

Join Haylie Pomroy and Dr. Melissa Batchelor, a seasoned expert on aging in The George Washington University School of Nursing, as they sit down for a profound and enlightening discussion about the complex world of aging, exploring the effects and mechanisms of nutritional habits that impact our bodies as we get older.

They also tackle practical advice for caregivers and medical practitioners in handling the eating habits and incorporating nutrient-dense foods into the diets of people in advanced years and with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Learn from them as we navigate the natural process of aging and empowering our bodies through intentional nutrition and compassionate care.

Key points:

02:22 Introduction

03:47 Significance of proper care and support for the elderly.
10:24 How childhood and young adult lifestyles impact aging and the link between bone density and age.

11:29 The benefits of a positive outlook on aging: diet, nutrition, sleep, and exercise.
17:47 Trans fatty acids and deceptive labeling practices.

19:18 The impact of diet on dementia and the role of organic and unprocessed foods.

26:10 How to encourage patients with Alzheimer’s to eat more.

31:05 The significance of self-care for caregivers.

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Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing, and Director of the Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. She maintains a clinical practice as a dually-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Gerontological Registered Nurse. Through her program of research, she conducted the first science evaluating three supportive hand-feeding techniques to assist older adults with dementia with meals which she translated into training programs for innovative basic nursing care. She developed an algorithm to guide nursing home (NH) staff to use person-centered actions in order to improve meal outcomes for NH residents. In October of 2017, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Melissa discusses her expertise and knowledge on her podcast, "This is Getting Old" - Health and Aging Policy Fellow Experience.

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