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.

Evidence for Nutritional Benefits in Prolonging Wellness

April 17, 2015

Healthy aging involves the interaction between genes, the environment, and lifestyle factors, particularly diet and physical activity. Worldwide, the increase in life span has led to an increase in morbidity and mortality as the result of chronic, lifestyle-influenced diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Nutrient deficiency diseases are giving way to… Read more »

Food Insufficiency and the Nutritional Status of the Elderly Population

April 17, 2015

Studies have shown that food insufficiency, defined as “an inadequate amount of food intake due to lack of resources”, is found in the US population of all ages. A few reports have shown that food insufficient people eat less than the food sufficient population, but no studies have reported on the overall nutritional status of… Read more »

Food and Nutrition for Life: Malnutrition and Older Americans

April 15, 2015

This paper discusses malnutrition among older persons, potential causes for this malnutrition, how malnutrition among the elderly affects society and what national programs are addressing malnutrition among older Americans. It also looks at challenges, limitations, and gaps in nutrition and aging research and legislative and policy responses to malnutrition in older persons.