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Cancer in the Older Adult: Exercise and Nutrition

presented by Jennifer Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD

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This is the fourth course in a series on Nutrition and Exercise in the aging population, specifically nutrition in cancer. The focus is interdisciplinary, looking specifically at the aging process, and deals with the changing perspectives concerning nutrition and exercise's relationship to health, diseases and aging. This course will focus on exercise management and proper nutritional intake in order to encourage a balanced diet, activity, and exercise as a way of preventing and/or stalling diseases. The role of exercise in health maintenance is an important component of this course series. Exercise prescription and integration with nutritional needs are presented. Preventive interventions and screening for problems to prevent disability are discussed.

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Jennifer Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD

Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD, embodies the characteristics of leadership, having worked on committees and task forces and behind the scenes to advance the goals and vision of the profession of physical therapy for 40 years. Bottomley is an independent geriatric rehabilitation program consultant, advisor, and educator. Previously, she held clinical roles at Sunspectrum…

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1. Nutrition in Cancer

This chapter takes an in depth look at the role that nutrition and exercise play, not only in preventive approaches to cancer, but in treatment as adjuncts to chemo, radiation and other traditional medical approaches. Nutrients that have been found to affect cancer cells will be presented; and exercise prescription, including its benefits and precautions, will be discussed.

2. Exercise in Cancer

This section of the Cancer discussion deals with exercise and nutrition. Specific information regarding observational studies and clinical trials are discussed, presenting evidence based information related to physical activity, specific nutrients and cancer. An exploration will also include weight control, growth hormone regulation, stress management, counteracting fatigue and improving the immune system.

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