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.

Fit and Fabulous as You Mature

April 17, 2015

Being physically active and eating well may help you stay fit and feel fabulous over the years. If you are overweight or inactive, you may have a higher risk for diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or certain forms of cancer. In addition to improving your physical health, moving more and eating better may also… Read more »

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

April 17, 2015

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 provides information and advice for choosing a healthy eating pattern—namely, one that focuses on nutrient-dense foods and beverages, and that contributes to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Such a healthy eating pattern also embodies food safety principles to avoid foodborne illness. These guidelines are intended to be used… Read more »

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 Executive Summary

April 17, 2015

Eating and physical activity patterns that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active can help people attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of chronic disease and promote overall health. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 exemplifies these strategies through recommendations that accommodate the food preferences,… Read more »

Age Page: Healthy Eating After 50

April 17, 2015

There are some common reasons some older people do not eat healthy meals. However, making healthy food choices is a smart thing to do — no matter how old a person is. This fact sheet provides information about healthy eating for older persons.