An individual’s dietary needs change as he or she ages. Older adults may require less energy, experience less efficient absorption and utilization of many nutrients, and often have different nutrient requirements due to chronic conditions and medications.
Additionally, older adults face certain unique challenges in meeting their nutrition needs, as they often must overcome such barriers as loss of appetite, changes in taste and smell, oral health decline, mobility constraints and lower incomes.

Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary

August 11, 2016

Older adults are a growing demographic group in the United States, and a range of physical, social, financial, and cultural factors affect their nutritional status. Metabolic and physiologic changes that accompany normal aging modify the nutritional requirements of older adults. An examination of evidence is needed to better understand how nutritional status is associated with… Read more »

State of Senior Hunger in America 2014: An Annual Report

June 17, 2016

The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) has just released a study, entitled State of Senior Hunger in America 2014: An Annual Report, based on original research conducted by Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen of the University of Illinois. Commissioned by NFESH, this report reveals… Read more »

My Plate for Older Adults

March 9, 2016

The new MyPlate for Older Adults icon depicts a colorful plate with images to encourage older Americans to follow a healthy eating pattern bolstered by physical activity. The plate is composed of approximately: 50 percent fruits and vegetables; 25 percent grains, many of which are whole grains; and 25 percent protein-rich foods such as nuts,… Read more »

Toolkit: Focus on Nutrition and Aging: March is National Nutrition Month

October 25, 2016

This webinar featured various March activities that will spotlight the importance of nutrition and the value of senior nutrition programs. Whether nutrition education, advocacy, or awareness-building, the role that aging professionals can play in helping to maintain the health and independence of older adults will be covered. Webinar participants heard from representatives from the Administration… Read more »

Commodity Supplemental Food Program Overview

January 6, 2016

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.Amendments made by Section 4102 of the 2014 Farm Bill phase out the participation of women, infants, and children in CSFP and transition it to a low… Read more »

Nutrition to Reduce Hospital Admissions for Older Adults

December 23, 2015

Over the past several years there has been continued focus on reducing the number of patients being readmitted to a hospital once they have been discharged. Many factors are involved, and both acute and post-acute providers are paying close attention to reducing their number of readmissions. This not only involves reviews and monitoring of internal… Read more »

Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs Evaluation: Meal Cost Analysis

November 9, 2015

Nutrition Service Programs (NSP), administered by the Administration on Aging (AOA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Older Americans Act (OAA), represents a key component of America’s strategy for ensuring that the health and social needs of older adults are adequately met…. Read more »

Process Evaluation of Older Americans Act Title III-C Nutrition Services Program

November 9, 2015

The mission of the AoA, now a part of DHHS’s Administration for Community Living, is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective system of long-term care that helps older adults maintain their dignity in their homes and communities. As part of its ongoing efforts to support program planning, improve program efficiency, and strengthen program effectiveness,… Read more »

Informing Strategies to End Senior Hunger in Native Communities

October 26, 2015

First Nations is deeply committed to assisting tribes and Native organizations in their ongoing efforts to end senior hunger. As of 2012, there were approximately 410,000 tribal elders age 65 and older in Indian Country. This number is expected to nearly triple between 2010 and 2050. As the Native senior population grows, so does the… Read more »

Maximizing the SNAP Medical Expense Deduction for Older Adults

September 24, 2015

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides Americans struggling to make ends meet with much-needed assistance to purchase food for their families. Unfortunately, only34% of eligible older adults participate in SNAP, the lowest rate among all demographic groups. Many seniors are missing out on deductions that can help establish eligibility and also increase the value… Read more »

Special Issue 2015: Home- and Community-Based Meal Services for Older Adults

August 28, 2015

The goal of this Special Issue of the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics is to feature state-of-the-field original articles that provide research-based insight into different programs and approaches that deliver nutrition-related home- and community-based services (HCBS). This is the first single body of work that details many facets of evidence regarding these programs,… Read more »

Feeding America Baby Boomers and Beyond Facing Hunger After Fifty

July 9, 2015

Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger after Fifty aims to explore the circumstances of older adults and their households who utilize the Feeding America network of food banks. These individuals are members of a growing older adult population in the United States that has unique health, economic and nutritional needs. Understanding the particular experiences of… Read more »