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.

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 »

ASPEN Malnutrition Toolkit

February 7, 2017

For the past 40 years, ASPEN has focused its strategic efforts on reducing the incidence of malnutrition in hospitalized patients. The following resources and tools have been made for you the, healthcare clinician, clinical nutrition managers, administrators, consumers, patients and caregivers. The A.S.P.E.N. Malnutrition Toolkit allows healthcare professionals to quickly access the latest articles, tools,… Read more »

Characteristics of Elderly Individuals Participating in and Eligible for SNAP

October 26, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals purchase food so that they can obtain a nutritious diet. Historically, elderly adults (age 60 or older) have participated in SNAP at lower rates than the general population. Tracking the characteristics of elderly individuals participating in or eligible for SNAP and evaluating trends in elderly SNAP… Read more »

Status of Hispanic Older Adults: Insights from the Field

October 25, 2016

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) released a new field report on the status of Hispanic older adults in the United States. The report contains a literature review of the current data on the status of this population, feedback from targeted community forums, and results from a national survey conducted by NHCOA. The survey… Read more »

2016 Older Americans Key Indicators of Well-being

October 25, 2016

This report is the seventh prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics and released August 2016. Sixteen Federal agencies collaborate to monitor and report national-level statistics on the well-being of older Americans, making it easy for the public to understand key trends that affect the health and well-being of older Americans. The 179-page… Read more »

Combating Senior Hunger: Malnutrition Awareness Week

August 17, 2017

Blog Excerpt Senior Malnutrition in our country is an epidemic hiding in plain sight. It is estimated that almost 50 percent of older Americans are malnourished. During Malnutrition Awareness week let’s commit to ending this problem. Many inter-related factors can contribute to malnutrition. Some elderly people may live in a food desert and may not… Read more »