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.

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 »

Webinar: Addressing Food Insecurity, One Partnership and Innovation at a Time

September 7, 2016

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) invites you to join this upcoming webinar to discuss how not-for-profit health plans are implementing innovative approaches to address food insecurity in their communities. Join us and learn how: HealthPartners (Minneapolis, Minnesota), in partnership with the Valley Outreach Food Shelf, applies the principles of food marketing, behavioral economics… Read more »

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 »

Final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

April 6, 2016

On January 7, 2016 – the federal government published its latest recommendations intended to shape people’s diets based on the latest research – The Dietary Guidelines for Americans: 2015-2020. The guidelines form the basis for all federal nutrition policies, including the National School Lunch Program, which serves thirty-one million children daily; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for… 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 »

2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

January 7, 2016

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of… 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 »