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.

Toolkit: 2018 National Nutrition Month Webinar: A Conversation with Lance Robertson

March 15, 2018

In celebration of National Nutrition Month the Assistant Secretary for Aging, Mr. Lance Robertson was featured in the National Nutrition and Aging’s Resource Center (NRCNA) webinar on March 14, 2018. The webinar provided an overview of Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs (OAANP) programs & their critical importance of these programs to helping older adults maintain… Read more »

Webinar: A Conversation with Lance Robertson, Administrator/Asst. Sec. for Aging

March 6, 2018

The OAA Meal is Part of the Equation: A Conversation with Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging In celebration of National Nutrition Month the Assistant Secretary of Aging, Mr. Lance Robertson will be featured in the National Nutrition and Aging’s Resource Center (NRCNA) upcoming webinar. Mr. Robertson’s will present information during the… Read more »

Food Safety for Older Adults Booklet

January 23, 2018

Food safety is important for everyone—but it’s especially important for you. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration have prepared this booklet. It is designed to provide practical guidance on how to reduce your risk of foodborne… Read more »

2018 Healthy Aging Summit

January 22, 2018

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Office on Women’s Health within HHS, along with the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit! The Summit will be held July 16–17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Share your work in the science of healthy aging — submit your abstract today! Older… Read more »

SNAP Is Linked with Improved Nutritional Outcomes and Lower Health Care Costs

January 18, 2018

New research links the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) with improved health outcomes and lower health care costs. This report adds to previous work showing SNAP’s capacity to assist families in buying food, reducing poverty and helping to stabilize the economy during recessions. For many low-income people, SNAP is the main source… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Toolkit: Hunger in Older Adults (Challenges and Opportunities for the Aging Network)

April 14, 2017

This webinar showcased the newly released Hunger in Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities for the Aging Network report. This report reviewed the variety of food assistance programs and how leaders and advocates in the aging, nutrition, hunger sectors can work collaboratively to more effectively address the needs of vulnerable seniors..   In this training, participants… Read more »

Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative: MQii Toolkit

February 8, 2017

The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) Toolkit is a guide for identifying and implementing clinical quality improvements for malnutrition care. It is designed to support changes among the care team’s clinical knowledge and raise awareness of best practices for optimal nutrition care delivery. Using this toolkit can help improve malnutrition care for older adults admitted… Read more »

Malnutrition and Chronic Diseases – NCOA

February 7, 2017

This Malnutrition Toolkit, development by the National Council on Aging, provides a wealth of information on malnutrition warning signs and therapeutic approaches to address this condition. Links to other resources on nutrition for older adults are also available.

Alliance for Aging Research: Malnutrition Toolkit

February 7, 2017

Malnutrition can happen to anyone, but older adults are particularly at risk.  Malnutrition does not just happen to seniors who suffer from hunger, or who do not have access to healthy food. Older adults are more likely to have chronic conditions that put them at risk for malnutrition. The Alliance for Aging Research Malnutrition Toolkit… Read more »

ASPEN Solution Center

February 7, 2017

The ASPEN Solution Center is designed to help individuals, consumers and caregivers, clinicians, and healthcare administrators with the identification, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease-related malnutrition. We have the solutions to help you and your institution deliver optimal nutrition care. This page highlights ASPEN’s resources and tools for you to help yourself, your clients, and… Read more »