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.

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.

Food Insufficiency and the Nutritional Status of the Elderly Population

April 17, 2015

Studies have shown that food insufficiency, defined as “an inadequate amount of food intake due to lack of resources”, is found in the US population of all ages. A few reports have shown that food insufficient people eat less than the food sufficient population, but no studies have reported on the overall nutritional status of… Read more »

Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Carotenoids

April 17, 2015

This report discusses in detail the role of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and the carotenoids in human physiology and health. For each nutrient, the committee presents what is known about how it functions in the human body, which factors may affect how it works, and how the nutrient may be related to chronic disease.

Dietary Reference Intakes: Applications in Dietary Assessment

April 17, 2015

This report provides guidance to nutrition and health research professionals on the application of the new DRIs. It represents both a “how to” manual and a “why” manual. Specific examples of both appropriate and inappropriate uses of the DRIs in assessing nutrient adequacy of groups and of individuals are provided, along with detailed statistical approaches… Read more »

Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride

April 15, 2015

This report discusses in detail the role of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D, and fluoride in human physiology and health. For each nutrient, the committee presents what is known about how it functions in the human body, which factors may affect how it works, and how the nutrient may be related to chronic disease.

Food and Nutrition for Life: Malnutrition and Older Americans

April 15, 2015

This paper discusses malnutrition among older persons, potential causes for this malnutrition, how malnutrition among the elderly affects society and what national programs are addressing malnutrition among older Americans. It also looks at challenges, limitations, and gaps in nutrition and aging research and legislative and policy responses to malnutrition in older persons.