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.

Senior Hunger Research Findings

April 16, 2015

Hunger is a serious threat facing millions of seniors in the United States. It is important to expand our understanding of hunger among seniors in order to help develop strategies to reduce it. Three research studies, sponsored by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH, formerly the Meals On Wheels Research Foundation) examine the… Read more »

My Plate (ChooseMyPlate.gov)

April 16, 2015

The USDA created MyPlate to help Americans make healthy food choices and to be active every day.  The MyPlate website illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet, and provides tips, resources and interactive tools for weight management, physical activity and meal planning.

Tips for Older Dietary Supplement Users

April 16, 2015

If you are over 50, your nutritional needs may change. Informed food choices are the first place to start, making sure you get a variety of foods while watching your caloric intake. Supplements and fortified foods may also help you get appropriate amounts of nutrients. This site provides information about supplements which may help you… Read more »

Older Adults Who Are Frail More Likely to Be Food Insufficient

April 16, 2015

A national study of older Americans shows those who have limited mobility and low physical activity – scientifically categorized as “frail” – are five times more likely to report that they often don’t have enough to eat, defined as “food insufficiency,” than older adults who were not frail. The nationally representative study of more than… Read more »

Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults

April 16, 2015

Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults is designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year olds participating in or eligible for Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) nutrition assistance programs. The intervention is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2005 version) and MyPyramid, as well as a… Read more »

Food Security Data Access and Documentation

April 16, 2015

This website section provides information about publicly available national surveys that include questions from the U.S. Food Security Survey Module. Public-use household-level Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (CPS-FSS) data files are available for each year since 1995. Beginning with the 2010 CPS-FSS survey, data and documentation may be downloaded via FTP from the Census… Read more »

Dietary Supplements Labels Database

April 17, 2015

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database offers information about label ingredients in more than 7,000 selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to compare label ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the “structure/function” claims made by manufacturers.

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.

Position of the American Dietetic Association: Functional Foods

April 17, 2015

Each year, Congress appropriates funds for use by Administration on Aging (AoA) and the other Federal Agencies in carrying out their mission. AoA provides grant funding to States and territories, recognized Native American Tribes and Hawaiian Americans, as well as nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and academic institutions. Individuals are not eligible to apply for AoA… Read more »

Dietary Reference Intakes: Applications in Dietary Planning

April 17, 2015

This report is focused on providing practitioners with information to assist them in applying the dietary reference intakes to dietary planning. Dietary planning, whether for an individual or a group, involves developing a diet that is nutritionally adequate without being excessive. The planning goal for individuals is to achieve recommended and adequate nutrient intakes using… Read more »