Nutrition for Age 50 Plus


Subjects included in the Course:
• Nutritional supplements
• Nutrient/drug interaction
• Buying organic food
• Food fortification
• Vegetarian/vegan diets
• Macronutrients
• Mindful eating
• Energy requirements
• Basal metabolic rate
• Obesity and Diabetes
• Alcohol
• Complex and simple carbohydrates
• Carbohydrate portion control
• Protein sources
• Saturated fats
• Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
• Memory and brain function
• Brain-gut connection
• Water and brain function
• Bone mass and strength
• Nutrients and bone density
• Managing blood pressure
• Cholesterol and fatty deposits
• Plant sterols (Cholesterol lowering)
• Safe weight loss
• Soya products
• Healthy gut flora
• IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
• Heart burn and acid reflux i.e. GORD
• Probiotics (friendly bacteria)
• Diet myths
• Hydrating fluids
• Coffee and other caffeinated beverages
• Healthy recipes
• Data collection from clients
• Nutrition questionnaires
• Nutrition programmes
• Short-term and long-term goal setting


Students obtaining 80% average pass marks will be awarded an accredited SNHS Diploma entitling them to practise.

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the nutritional requirements for adults over the age of 50 years. Credited to factors such as advancements in medicine and the society in which we live, ‘life expectancy’ has increased dramatically over the last two hundred years and, with a trend towards more conscious food purchasing, healthy ageing has become a priority. Only recently has research fully explored the startling difference between the health of men and women and how diet can play a role in many gender-specific health conditions.

This course provides an in-depth study of many diet-related health issues, providing valuable advice to therapists advising clients over 50 on healthy eating practices. Students will learn how to guide their clients on balancing meals and controlling portion sizes, understanding current research on nutrition and its potential role in the development of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Students will also be introduced to the cardiovascular system and dietary choices impacting heart health. Additional subjects focus on the digestive system and healthy gut flora, eating for joint and bone health, healthy eating tips and healthy food swaps. Further guidance is given on planning a safe and effective nutrition programme.

Practitioners from all specialisations now acknowledge the crucial role food plays and the multitude of nutrients it supplies for our physical and emotionally well-being, with changes leading to almost immediate and noticeable differences in our mood, stress levels, energy levels and ultimately health.

About Our Course Writer – Zerlina Mastin

Zerlina Mastin has a BSc in Nutrition & Dietetics from Kings College London, and an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Zerlina has over 10 years experience working in the health and nutrition sector, initially working as a dietitian within the NHS before turning to freelance nutrition. As a Registered Nutritionist with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), Zerlina is the author of ‘Nutrition for Dancers’.

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