Senior Nutrition Specialist Certification



Address the unique nutritional needs of seniors and promote healthy aging as a Certified Senior Nutrition Specialist, making a difference in the lives of older adults.


Give Older Adults a Better Quality of Life

As seniors age, nutritional needs change. Making sure those needs are met makes a real difference in that adult’s health and happiness.

The physiologic changes that occur with aging make older adults susceptible to malnutrition and disease. In fact, nearly 2 out of every 3 seniors are at risk for malnutrition.

The AFPA Senior Nutrition Specialist Certification program will teach you step-by-step how to help older adults achieve a better quality of life through specially designed nutrition.

The program covers important topics such as physiological changes of aging, weight, and nutrition problems in older adults; diet and cultural diversity in older adults; macronutrient, mineral, and vitamin requirements for older adults; and much more.

Help older adults with nutrition as a Senior Nutrition Specialist

What Can I Do as a Senior Nutrition Specialist?

A Senior Nutrition Coach helps clients eat well

As an AFPA Certified Senior Nutrition Specialist, you’ll be able to:

  • Work with older adults and senior clients on getting the highest quality nutritional care and offer a sound nutritional plan that helps to avoid disease and achieve weight maintenance goals
  • Teach older adults (and those interested) about the nutritional connections to the diseases and disorders common in this population
  • Identify nutritional recommendations for older adults based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Healthy People 2020
  • Describe to clients how dietary interventions can slow aging and the progression of disease
  • Learn from examples of actual patients and nutritional disorders that are seen in the community and clinical settings
  • Discuss the changes in energy needs that occur with advancing age and give clients recommendations for dietary intake and lifestyle
  • Explain how age-related changes in metabolism and health affect requirements for carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and fluids
  • Educate clients on the risk factors for various diseases, lead them through a guided assessment, and provide a nutritional plan to improve their quality of life

What You’ll Get:

  • All course materials
    • Certification textbook
    • Companion ebook
    • Course activities
  • Practice quizzes and self assessments
  • Online final exam
Improve quality of life for aging adults as a Senior Nutrition Specialist

A Look Inside The Curriculum:

The Physiology of Aging Answer

Begin by identifying factors that contribute to changes in body composition with age and what key changes occur in each part of the body. Topics include:

  • Changes in body composition
  • Energy needs for the older adult & senior
  • Cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory changes
  • Nutrition and skeletal health, osteoporosis, arthritis, gout
  • Immune system, nervous system, endocrine system changes

Assessing Nutritional Care Needs Answer

Apply what you’ve learned about older adult and senior anatomy and integrate it with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Healthy People 2020 to develop effective plans that meet all nutritional needs. Topics include:

  • Macronutrient & fluid recommendations for older adult
  • Nutrition recommendations – fats, proteins, carbohydrates
  • Digestion and absorption changes
  • Vitamin & mineral requirements, absorption, function, recommendations

Strategies for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Older Adults and Seniors Answer

Create sound nutritional performance plans (based off of tailored client needs) that will optimize health and work toward helping prevent disease or limit the symptoms of disease. Topics include:

  • Physical activity and exercise guidelines for older adults and seniors
  • Steps in nutritional assessment & screening, evaluation and analysis
  • Physical disabilities, functional and mental status
  • Nutritional implications of disease and conditions – gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular, respiratory
  • Nutritional implications of disease and conditions – renal, metabolic, endocrine, thyroid, cognitive
  • Nutritional implications of malnutrition and obesity

Physiologic Changes That Influence the Pharmacokinetic Effects of Medications Answer

Knowing what medications an older adult takes and whether they can affect appetite and digestion is important in prescribing effective nutritional counseling. Topics include:

  • Medications and the effects on the older adult, food interactions
  • Use of complementary and alternative medicines
  • Ethics and nutrition support

“I absolutely LOVE this course! I am about a 1/4 of the way through the course, and the information is life changing! I cannot wait to implement the content into the lives of my patients/clients and see them heal from the inside out.”

— Adrianna M.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Jan L.
Too much emphasis on test

Too much emphasis on test scores.

Christina S.
The subjects included are diverse

The subjects included are diverse and significant. I only miss not having a teacher to consult with.

Hi there Christina - thank you for your comment! Please note, you are able to reach our Educational Specialists with any course-related questions you may have at any time through for assistance.

Suzanne S.
Great area of focus!

I work in aging services and it is wonderful to find a certification dedicated to senior nutrition. I see many opportunities to share the knowledge I am gaining through the certification and to help seniors make realistic, positive changes to their diets.

Suzanne we absolutely love your review of the Senior Nutrition Specialist Certification!

Tricia H.
Great experience!

Everything I've experienced with AFPA from registration/enrollment, to customer service and educational resources/information has been truly outstanding! The course materials and ease of study has also been wonderful.

Tricia, hey there! We are so elated that your Senior Nutrition Specialist Certification was such a great experience!

Alleyne S.
Senior Nutrition Specialist Certification Program Review

Hello! I am enjoying the Senior Nutrition Specialist program so far. The textbook is excellent. I like the system-by-system approach that it takes in reviewing the common ailments which older adults face, and the evidence-based nutritional guidelines that it describes. The course is meeting my expectations so far.

Hi Alleyne! This is so amazing to hear, especially how excellent you feel your Senior Nutrition Specialist Certification textbook is!


Is This Program Right For Me? Answer

Earning a Senior Nutrition Specialist Certification may be an excellent fit, if you…

  • Are interested in working with older clients and seniors, either in group or one-on-one settings, encouraging them to prioritize intentional, healthy habits that will enhance their lives
  • Are looking to change careers and align yourself on a professional path that is deeply satisfying and financially rewarding
  • Already work as a fitness or healthcare professional and want to expand your services and increase your income
  • Want to get the best education without constraints on your schedule, lifestyle, or bank account

Are There Payment Plans? Answer


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Do I Qualify? Answer

To enroll in the Senior Nutrition Specialist Certification Program, you must:

Exam Requirements:

  • You need a minimum final exam grade of 85% to pass.
    A $75.00 retest fee will apply.

After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Certified Senior Nutrition Specialist” on your certificate.

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