SPECIAL FEATUREOlder African Americans and Calcium-Deficient Diets What Rehabilitation Specialists Need to KnowWilliams, Bernadette Manuel PT, ScD(c), GCSAuthor Information Department of Physical Therapy, Howard University, Washington, DC, and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah. Corresponding author: Bernadette Manuel Williams, PT, ScD(c), GCS, 9121 Gracious End Ct, Unit 304, Columbia, MD 21046 (e-mail: [email protected]). Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January 2005 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 88-92 Buy Abstract As advocates of health promotion and wellness, it is the responsibility of every rehabilitation specialist to provide the best evidence-based interventions and patient education to prevent or slow the progression of disability and disease. Nutritional deficiency is included in the list of risk factors that rehabilitation specialists identify during examination. The purpose of this article is to review the literature regarding the important role of calcium in the American diet, the health risks associated with a lack of adequate dietary calcium, and the factors that contribute to calcium-deficient diets of older African Americans. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.