© 2009

Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging

  • Connie W. Bales
  • Christine S. Ritchie

Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-23
  2. Over-Arching Issues for Nutritional Well Being in Late Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Julie L. Locher, Joseph R. Sharkey
      Pages 3-17
    3. James M. Shikany, Charlotte S. Bragg, Christine Seel Ritchie
      Pages 19-31
  3. Fundamentals of Nutrition and Geriatric Syndromes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. John E. Morley
      Pages 65-75
    3. Elizabeth J. Johnson
      Pages 99-120
    4. Stephen A. McClave
      Pages 121-136
    5. Robert D. Lindeman
      Pages 137-155
    6. Connie Watkins Bales, Christine Seel Ritchie
      Pages 157-182
    7. Ian Janssen
      Pages 183-205
    8. David R. Thomas
      Pages 207-217
    9. Christine Seel Ritchie, Elizabeth Kvale
      Pages 235-244
  4. Common Clinical Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Kaumudi Joshipura, Thomas Dietrich
      Pages 247-262
    3. Dennis T. Villareal, Krupa Shah
      Pages 263-277

About this book


As the older adult population continues to grow, so will the prevalence and incidence of age-related disorders. In Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging, Second Edition , the editors and contributors ( a panel of recognized academic nutritionists, geriatricians, clinicians and scientists) have thoroughly updated and revised their widely acclaimed first edition with fresh perspectives and the latest scientific and clinical developments in age-associated disease. New chapters tackle ecological perspectives on adult eating behavior, and behavioral theories applied to nutritional therapies in aging, while topics such as Sarcopenia and Cachexia are discussed in greater detail. The authors outline the physiological basis for each disorder, provide the latest information about the interaction of nutrition with these conditions, and review the potential routes and mechanisms for clinical intervention. Timely and authoritative, Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging, Second Edition is a unique, comprehensive resource and will prove a valuable guide to all nutritionists, physicians, nurses, dietitians, and speech-language and occupational therapists who provide care for the rapidly expanding aging population.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Connie W. Bales
    • 1
  • Christine S. Ritchie
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Aging &, Human DevelopmentDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Div. Gerontology, Geriatrics &, Palliative MedicineUniversity of Alabama, BirminghamBirminghamUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Public Health


From the reviews of the second edition:

"The editors, both highly respected in geriatric nutrition, have brought together legends in this field to produce an excellent handbook. This text excels in its thorough approach to important topics. Cutting-edge geriatric and nutrition sciences are infused with practical management concepts, making this text a valuable resource. Management is addressed thoroughly, going beyond traditional prescribed diets or a simplistic "supplements" approach. Misconceptions that are pervasive in nutritional and geriatric care are refreshingly corrected. The test is exceptionally well organized and rigorously referenced, and it includes a comprehensive index to facilitate use as a reference handbook." - Annals of Internal Medicine

"This book does a very credible job at reviewing what is known about nutrition in older persons. The handbook is a comprehensive and practical resource, offering practicing clinicians an up-to-date compendium of advice on appropriate nutritional therapies for older adults with chronic diseases and medical conditions. The material presented here is especially complete. Each chapter is well referenced and the book is thoroughly indexed. The Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging should be in all health sciences libraries supporting geriatrics education and practice." -E-STREAMS

"This book does a good job at reviewing what is known about nutrition in older persons...a welcome addition." - Doody's Health Sciences book Review Journal

"This is the second edition of a comprehensive book that covers all nutritional aspects of older adults. … this new edition covers many new topics that have emerged over the past five years, making it timely and valuable. … The book is written for all healthcare professionals who work with older adults. … this is a very useful guide for all individuals involved in the care of the elderly. … The book is easy to navigate, with appropriate tables and charts throughout the chapters." (Amy Hess-Fischl, Doody’s Review Service, August, 2009)

“Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging is a guide for physicians and other health care professionals who work with older adults, a high-risk population of rapidly increasing proportion. … The book is comprehensive, fully referenced, well organized, and practical and can be understood by all types of health professionals. … a well-written, comprehensive, user- friendly reference that physicians, dietitians, and other health professionals, including researchers working with older adults, will want to have on their bookshelves.” (Judy A. Driskell, Journal of the American Medical Association, January, 2011)

“This book covers the most relevant topics of nutrition in the old age … . primarily addresses experienced specialists in the field of geriatric medicine, particularly those with interest in nutritional aspects. Additionally, it is well suited for medical students, geriatricians in training, nutritionists, nurses, speech and occupational therapists … . This lapidary and well-written handbook comprises an excellent and up-to-date contribution which deserves to be recommended … for understanding the role of nutrition in the clinical aspects of nutritional management of older persons.” (Mirko Petrovic, Acta Clinica Belgica, Vol. 65 (4), 2010)