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.

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 »

2014 Summer BreakSpot Mobile Pilot – Broward County, FL

September 14, 2015

The 2014 Summer BreakSpot Mobile Unit Pilot of Broward County, Florida (“Mobile Pilot”) was a partnership between Broward Meals On Wheels (BMOW), Broward County Housing Authority (BCHA), Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) and Florida Impact, working through the South Florida Hunger Coalition. The goal of this initiative was to provide nutritious meals at three… 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 »

Household Food Security in the United States in 2013

April 15, 2015

Most U.S. households have consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living—they are food secure. But a minority of American households experience food insecurity at times during the year, meaning that their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. Data for the ERS food security reports… Read more »

Toolkit: Components of a Quality Nutrition Program – Part 2

November 3, 2016

A quality senior nutrition program should be future-focused, client-focused and entrepreneurial-minded. Those running and overseeing quality senior nutrition programs, independent of their size, must understand the role senior nutrition services play within the broader parallel nutrition systems, and they must be prepared to modernize their strategy and operations, strengthening this role in the changing environment…. Read more »

Dietary Reference Intakes

April 16, 2015

The meals for Older Persons Nutrition Programs must provide nutrients in accord with the current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). This page indexes multiple publications relevant to the DRIs, providing links to these reference publications, including an interactive tool to calculate daily nutrient recommendations for dietary planning based, quick reference downloadable tables and charts, and various… Read more »

Total Diet Approach

April 15, 2015

It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that the total diet or overall pattern of food eaten is the most important focus of healthy eating. All foods can fit within this pattern if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with physical activity. The Academy strives to communicate healthy… Read more »

Senior Health Now! Senior Nutrition and Optimal Wellness

April 16, 2015

A community-based partnership to provide seniors with science-based nutrition and medication support and education to promote healthy behavior and successful aging. This project includes a cooking demonstration. Please note: the PowerPoint file is over 19 MB and may take several minutes to download, depending on your connection speed.

What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

April 16, 2015

Making wise food choices as you grow older might be easier than you think. A lot of good information is available about nutrition and older people. In What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging, the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), introduces you to the… Read more »

Important Nutrients to Know

April 16, 2015

Your body needs nutrients to survive and stay healthy. There are five main types—proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, and water. This article talks about the special nutrient needs of adults over 50, what each of these nutrients does in the body and what foods they are found in.