The WRDA Clinical Update occurred on December 1, 2016 at Palisades Center. Around 70 medical professionals including Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Interns, Diet Tech students attended the Clinical Update. This year the Clinical Update focused on "Mindful Perspectives on Nutrition & Aging".
There was a wide array of presentations focusing on the continuum of the aging process, management of Alzheimer's disease, usefulness of meditation therapy, nutrition therapy in the Aging process.
The opening speech was given by WRDA President Elisa Bremner, followed by the information on NYSAND Centennial AME by Janice Shaw. Niharika Jaiswal, President-elect, provided an overview of the Clinical Update.
The presentation topics and the speakers for the Clinical Update were:
Nutrition Across the Aging Continuum... Including End of Life: Bindhu Thomas MD, CMD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeon, Department of Medicine/ Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging.
Advances in the Management of Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention: Hollie Webb, MSN, FNP-C
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic
Meditation for Healthy Mind: Supriya Reddy Certified Meditation Trainer, Heartfulness Institute
Maximizing Nutrition in Aging: Miriam Pappo MS, RD, CDN Director of Clinical Nutrition Montefiore Medical Center
Jennifer Flood-Sukhdeo MS, RD, CDN Director of Nutrition Hebrew Home at Riverdale
Dr. Thomas provided an excellent overview and in depth of understanding of the human physiology on the complex topics of aging, end of life, palliative and hospice care, which are clinically relevant to members of the healthcare team providing nutritional care to their patients. Speaker, Hollie Webb, provided cutting edge information on the different treatments utilized for the management of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, participants were given an opportunity to partake in a meditation session under the guidance of Supriya Reddy. The final segment of the Clinical Update comprised of a presentation by Miriam Pappo, on understanding the nutritional aspect of the aging process followed by a panel session along with Jennifer Flood-Sukhdeo. There was a Q&A session where the participants were able to ask nutrition questions to the panelists.
During the Clinical Update, a session by Ms. Ann Darcy and Ms. Catherine Foley provided an update on public policy on nutrition related topics. The Clinical Update finished with drawing of two raffle prize winners Sylvia Hawkins, and Antonella Caggiano receiving the WRDA membership for the year 2017.
Niharika Jaiswal MS, RD, CDN
WRDA President Elect