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.

Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2010

April 17, 2015

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet. SNAP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report describes the characteristics of SNAP households and participants… 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 »

Can Eating Fruits and Vegetables Help People to Manage Their Weight?

April 17, 2015

This brief examines the evidence from available studies to determine whether eating fruits and vegetables can help with weight management. The research covered supports the conclusion that replacing foods of high energy density (high calories per weight of food) with foods of lower energy density, such as fruits and vegetables, can be an important part… 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 »

Celiac Disease: Food Chart

April 17, 2015

This chart lists foods that are allowed, foods to avoid, and other foods that may contain gluten. It can be used as a guide to help someone on a gluten-free diet to select their foods.

Evidence for Nutritional Benefits in Prolonging Wellness

April 17, 2015

Healthy aging involves the interaction between genes, the environment, and lifestyle factors, particularly diet and physical activity. Worldwide, the increase in life span has led to an increase in morbidity and mortality as the result of chronic, lifestyle-influenced diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Nutrient deficiency diseases are giving way to… Read more »

Falls Free: Promoting a National Falls Prevention Action Plan

April 17, 2015

Falls and fall-related injuries impose an enormous burden on individuals, society, and the nation’s health care systems. And as the population of the United States ages, the negative impact of falls continues to increase. Yet many falls, and fall-related injuries, can be prevented with existing knowledge and technology. In response to escalating concerns related to… 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 »

Elder Abuse by Family Caregivers

April 17, 2015

This is a comprehensive report regarding caregiving and caregiver stress and the potential relationship to elder abuse. Services and resources available to caregivers to help alleviate any potential problems with caregiver abuse of the elderly are included in the report.