Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, functionality, and the ability to remain at home in the community. For seniors, healthy eating can help increase mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, energy levels, immune system strength, recuperation speed, and the effectiveness of chronic health problem management. This section provides articles and resources which demonstrate the link between proper food and nutrition.

The Role of Social Determinants of Health: Perspectives from the Healthcare Side

September 12, 2017

Over the last few years, the healthcare environment has provided the aging network and senior nutrition programs with new opportunities for engagement with healthcare payers that support positive health outcomes. There is growing recognition of the impact of social determinants on health and well-being, which gives senior nutrition programs more leverage with healthcare entities to better… Read more »

Access to Public Benefits among Dual Eligible Seniors Reduces Risk of Nursing Home and Hospital Admission and Cuts Costs

August 15, 2017

The healthcare sector is in the midst of a major shift as new payment models demand both improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. However, little is known about whether specific non-medical interventions can positively impact health outcomes and associated healthcare costs, particularly among low-income seniors and other high-utilizers. With this research gap in mind,… Read more »

Recognizing and Addressing Malnutrition in our Communities

August 14, 2017

Malnourished older adults are commonly discharged without a diagnosis or dietary plan. To help address community follow-through, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveyed several kinds of community-based organizations (CBOs) to learn what they need to bolster their ability to identify and treat malnutrition – the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub. This Resource Hub targets transitions… Read more »

ASPEN 2017 Conference: Nutrition for Patient Care—Real World Perspective

August 9, 2017

This video presentation by Dr. Correia discusses the current state of consensus in nutrition intervention guidelines and protocols, and then highlights institutional success in implementation of a nutrition-focused Quality Improvement Program (QIP). The QIP is associated with improvement of several important clinical outcomes, including a reduction in both length of stay and 30-day readmissions in… Read more »

Food Insecurity, Chronic Disease, and Health Among Working-Age Adults

August 17, 2017

In this report, this report examines the relationship between food security and health as measured by 10 chronic conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as particularly worthy of research because of their prevalence, cost, morbidity, and preventability. We focus on the role of food security as a predictor of health… Read more »

Loneliness among Older Adults: A National Survey of Adults 45+

August 9, 2017

The purpose of this study was to provide a better understanding of loneliness among adults age 45 and older. In addition to examining prevalence rates across and within groups of older Americans, the study provides a descriptive profile of lonely older adults and examines the relationships between loneliness and health, health behaviors, involvement in a… Read more »

Connecting the Lonely: Making a Difference in the Well-Being of Older Adults

August 9, 2017

The prevalence of social isolation, according to the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), may be as high as 43 percent among community (non-institutional) dwelling older adults. Nearly half of those aged 62-91 experience loneliness, notes an AARP Foundation study. With more older adults living alone, leaving the workforce, having friends who have moved far away… Read more »

A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health

July 26, 2017

In A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health, the Portfolio shares a way to create more compelling, effective and persuasive messages that resonate across the political spectrum.Health begins where we live, learn, work and play. We create new opportunities for better health by investing in health where it starts—in our homes,schools… Read more »

Addressing a Patient’s Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment

July 25, 2017

Despite growing evidence documenting the impact of social factors on health, providers have rarely addressed patients’ social needs in clinical settings. But today, changes in the health care landscape are catapulting social determinants of health from an academic topic to an on-the-ground reality for providers, with public and private payers holding providers accountable for patients’… Read more »

Evaluation of the Effect of the OAA Title III-C Nutrition Services Program on Participants’ Food Security, Socialization & Diet Quality

July 13, 2017

The 2017 evaluation of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program for the Elderly provides results and information on the impact of the program on the participants’ food security, socialization, and diet quality. Comparisons are drawn from the previous evaluation of the program conducted in 1995. This evaluation also serves to provide insight into areas… Read more »

Report: Working Together Toward Better Health Outcomes

July 25, 2017

The Partnership for Healthy Outcomes – comprised of Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), Center for Healthcare Strategies (CHCS), and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – set out to capture and analyze the lessons emerging in this dynamic space, as organizations explore partnerships to achieve… Read more »

Serving America’s Older Adults – 2017 Area Agency on Aging National Survey Report

July 11, 2017

With a grant from the Administration on Aging within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) partnered with Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio to conduct an online survey that gathers information about AAA services, staffing, budgets and their evolving involvement in activities such as… Read more »

Strengthen Your State and Local Aging Plan: A Practical Guide to Expanding the Inclusion of LGBT Older Adults

July 11, 2017

As the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adult population grows, many Aging Network providers are starting to consider their needs and incorporate their perspectives in the planning process. By making some simple changes, LGBT populations can be brought to the table as aging services and programs are designed, implemented, and evaluated. This guide… Read more »