Erica Richerson earns certification in nutrition for older adults

Erica Richerson, registered dietitian at Lutheran has achieved board certification as a specialist in gerontological nutrition from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Richerson has met the rigorous requirements needed to design, implement and manage safe and effective nutrition strategies that promote the quality of life and health for older adults.

“We are proud of Erica and her accomplishment,” said Tom Holt, Lutheran president and CEO. “She is truly a resident advocate and this certification is another way she shows that she wants to expand her knowledge and continue to give excellent care.”

Richerson earned her bachelor of science degree from Edinboro University and has been a registered dietitian at Lutheran for 12 years.

“Nutrition plays such an important role in every aspect of a resident’s health from managing chronic diseases to fighting infections and improving their mental status,” she said. “Our team meets with each resident individually. I get to know their likes and dislikes and create a resident centered meal plan, which is what I love about my work.”

She is a member of Morrison’s Dining Services at Lutheran. Morrison Management Specialists is based in Atlanta and is the nation’s only food service company exclusively dedicated to providing food, nutrition and dining services to the healthcare and senior living communities.