Thursday, Mar 31, 2022
1:30pm - 3:30pm
As nutrition month comes to an end, kick off the first in a series of lectures from the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) learning about nutrition, mealtimes and healthy aging. Heather Keller, PhD, RD, will share what nutrients are most important for older adults and how to make sure you’re getting them in your day-to-day diet. She will also share her research on the importance of the mealtime experience for nutrition and well-being, including results from the largest Canadian study exploring mealtimes in long-term care.
Heather Keller, PhD, RD, is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and University of Waterloo. Her research programs cross the continuum of care and are focused on improving the nutritional status and food intake of older adults. Her acute care program of research is focused on improving food quality and nutrition care processes to prevent, detect and treat malnutrition in hospital. Research in retirement and long-term care is focused on improving the nutritional and sensory quality of food, as well as enhancing the mealtime experience for residents, family members and staff. Community based research includes nutrition care processes and improving food intake of vulnerable older adults including those living with dementia and/or frailty. Professor Keller has led several national research and knowledge translation projects, has published widely and translates research into practice with practitioner tools and resources.