Making the Case for Gluten-Free Senior Meals

Celiac disease (CD) is a serious autoimmune condition that can develop at any stage in life and can often go undiagnosed. Awareness is increasing as diagnostic methods improve, and studies show that between 20% and 34% of new CD diagnosis occurring in individuals aged 60 and over. The only treatment for CD is permanent adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. This can be complicated, socially isolating and expensive for vulnerable seniors to navigate. Exclusion from home-delivered and congregate meals programs because of lack of availability of medically suitable meals can substantially add to these issues. In addition to those with CD, it is estimated a further 6% of the population suffers from non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), a medical condition which is also treated with a gluten-free diet. Join the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) on Thursday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. EDT for the first webinar in a two-part series all about supporting gluten-free seniors.

At the conclusion of the presentation, you will be able to:

  • Be able to describe medical aspects of celiac disease including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and complications;
  • Identify other medical conditions that require a gluten-free diet;
  • Recognize the importance of the gluten-free diet in the treatment of celiac disease; and
  • Recognize the complexity of the gluten-free diet and challenges (medical, nutritional, psychosocial, and financial) that seniors with gluten-related disorders are faced with.

Part Two of this webinar series – Operational Considerations for Providing Gluten-Free Meals – will take place on Tuesday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Register here