Older adults have unique health needs and characteristics compared with the rest of the population.  Seniors are much more likely to have multiple chronic conditions, hospital admissions and readmissions, and emergency room usage. Additionally, participants in Administration on Aging programs, on average, take 10 or more prescription drugs on a daily basis.

Op-Ed: Is Nutrition the First Step in Addressing Hospital Readmission?

April 15, 2015

Hospital readmissions among Medicare patients 65 years of age and older is an important issue impacting patients, families and hospitals. Hunger and the lack of proper nutrition among older adults contribute to increased hospital readmission rates, and poorer outcomes for patients ultimately placing undue burden on the health system. In order to create an incentive… Read more »

Hospitals Put Nutrition on the Front Burner

April 16, 2015

Hospitals and health systems around the nation are promoting healthy living by revamping their food offerings to set a better example for the communities they serve. Research shows that one-third of patients enter the hospital malnourished and, if left untreated, two-thirds of those will experience further decline. Half of malnourished inpatients go undiagnosed. Malnourished patients… Read more »

Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

April 15, 2015

The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition was established in 2013 and is an interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to championing effective patient nutrition practices, represents over 100,000 dietitians, nurses, hospitalists and other physicians from all 50 states. The Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness about the positive impact proper nutrition has on patients’ medical outcomes and providing… Read more »

Preventing Chronic Disease

April 16, 2015

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal established by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The mission of PCD is to promote the open exchange of information and knowledge among researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and others who strive to improve the health of the public through chronic disease prevention. The vision of PCD is… Read more »

Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL): Community Nutrition Programs

April 16, 2015

The Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) program utilizes dietetic students not only to enhance their learning, but to benefit the home-bound elderly population with whom they interact. This allows students to become comfortable with the geriatric population and facilitates their consideration of professional work in this area.

State Variations of Chronic Disease Risk Factors in Older Americans

April 15, 2015

The objective of this study was to examine and compare 3 key health behaviors associated with chronic disease (ie, risky drinking, smoking, and sedentary lifestyle). We used data from the National Health Interview Survey from 1997 through 2010 to calculate the prevalence of these behaviors among older Americans and rank each state, and we analyzed… Read more »

American Diabetes Association

April 15, 2015

The American Diabetes Association provides research, advocacy and education resources for people with diabetes, their family members and caregivers and professionals who serve them.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

April 16, 2015

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities create solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities, focusing on specific factors that we know affect health. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to… Read more »

What Is the DASH Eating Plan?

April 16, 2015

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is a flexible and balanced eating plan. DASH was one of three eating plans that were compared in research studies sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Research demonstrates that the DASH eating plan lowers blood pressure.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center

April 16, 2015

As a public, U.S. Government-funded resource, the ADEAR Center strives to be a current, comprehensive, unbiased source of information about Alzheimer’s disease. All our information and materials about the search for causes, treatment, cures, and better diagnostic tools are carefully researched and thoroughly reviewed by NIA scientists and health communicators for accuracy and integrity.

Million Hearts Campaign

April 16, 2015

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Million Hearts™ brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

The Heart Truth

April 16, 2015

To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and partner organizations are sponsoring a national campaign called The Heart Truth. The campaign’s goal is to give women a personal and urgent wakeup call about their risk of heart disease. The Heart Truth campaign urges women… Read more »

Drug Information Portal: Quick Access to Quality Drug Information

April 16, 2015

Many older persons are taking multiple prescription drugs. They may or may not be fully aware of the purpose of each of the medications or the potential for the drugs to interact with other drugs or the food they eat. This interactive web page allows older persons or their caregivers to search for information about… Read more »