DOST-FNRI and UP-NIH organize training for researchers on comprehensive geriatric screening – Manila Bulletin

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FNRI) and the University of the Philippines Manila-National Institute of Health, Institute on Aging (UPM-NIH-IOA) have joined forces partners to organize training for researchers who are involved in a research project on the relationship between body composition and quality of life in older people.


DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the three-day training course began on November 5, benefiting Registered Dietitians (RNDs) and other health professionals, which are part of the research project, titled “Relationship of body composition to functional capacity and quality of life of older people in selected provinces of the Philippines.

The project is part of the “Healthy Aging Program for PinoY (HAPPY) Senior Citizens)” of DOST-FNRI.

The training course “aims to develop and enrich their knowledge and skills in assessment and communication with the elderly and to learn other techniques of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA),” said de la Peña .

The first two days of the three-day CGA training took place online from November 5-6.

During the training, the CGA form of the PGH Geriatric Clinic was presented to the participants.

“The HAPPY project for seniors was also put forward to give other participants an overview of the objectives of the study. Important communication strategies with older adults were also discussed, including non-verbal communication, common issues, and effective ways to develop relationships, cope with changes in hearing, vision, language and receptive capacities, ”said the head of DOST.

He said participants received advice or guidance on how to conduct appropriate interviews.


In August of this year, De la Peña announced that DOST-FNRI was to start researching the relationships between body composition and quality of life in older people.




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