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.

2018 Healthy Aging Summit

January 22, 2018

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Office on Women’s Health within HHS, along with the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit! The Summit will be held July 16–17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Share your work in the science of healthy aging — submit your abstract today! Older… Read more »

Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits: An Overview

January 20, 2018

Access to oral health care for low-income adults is a persistent challenge in the United States. Poor oral health can elevate risks for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and can lead to lost workdays, reduced employability, and the preventable use of costly acute care. As many states expand Medicaid coverage for adults… Read more »

Using Community Partnerships to Integrate Health and Social Services for High-Need, High-Cost Patients

January 20, 2018

In order to better address health-related social needs, communities across the country have been experimenting with programs to connect health care providers with community-based organizations (CBOs) that address social needs, such as housing, food insecurity, and assistance with utilities and transportation. This brief from the Commonwealth Fund surveys the landscape of these programs, highlights common… Read more »

SNAP Is Linked with Improved Nutritional Outcomes and Lower Health Care Costs

January 18, 2018

New research links the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) with improved health outcomes and lower health care costs. This report adds to previous work showing SNAP’s capacity to assist families in buying food, reducing poverty and helping to stabilize the economy during recessions. For many low-income people, SNAP is the main source… Read more »

Building Complex Care Programs: A Roadmap for States

January 4, 2018

States pursuing the three-part aim of improved health, high quality care, and reduced costs often start with programs for complex care populations. These programs target high-need, high-cost Medicaid enrollees who are the most frequent users of costly sites of care, such as emergency departments and inpatient settings, but whose needs are often best met in… Read more »

Better Care Playbook

January 4, 2018

The Better Care Playbook is part of an effort led by The Peterson Center, The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation to offer you the latest information and resources on how to provide better care for people with complex needs. The rapidly evolving policy and… Read more »

Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States

March 7, 2018

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and Manatt Health has developed a new toolkit that provides a targeted menu of long-term services and supports (LTSS) reform strategies adopted by state innovators that may be replicated by other states. The toolkit identifies concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that states have… Read more »

Patterns of Collaboration among Health Care and Social Services Providers in Communities with Lower Health Care Utilization and Costs

December 12, 2017

Many older adults have complex health problems that are exacerbated by non-medical problems such as unsafe housing, poor nutrition, lack of transportation, and isolation. Increasingly, health care providers are trying to address these social issues in addition to treating medical conditions. Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers explored how providers coordinate with local social services organizations and identified… Read more »

Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults

December 7, 2017

Socially isolated older adults are at greater risk for poor health and death than their well-connected counterparts. However, information is lacking on whether social isolation among older adults affects health care spending. AARP Policy Institute and Standford University’s Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging partnered to complete a study looking at… Read more »

Eldercare Locator Data Report 2017

November 15, 2017

The Eldercare Locator—a public service supported by the U.S. Administration on Aging—is the only nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support and resources on an array of aging issues. This report examines 2016 data collected by the Eldercare Locator—calls, email requests and on-line  chats—which indicates two major findings: First,… Read more »

Toolkit: The Role of Social Determinants of Health – Perspectives from the Healthcare Side

March 19, 2018

This webinar provided participants an overview of the role of social determinants of health inclusive of perspectives from the healthcare side, and focused on leveraging emerging opportunities through the design and implementation of effective cross-sector partnerships. The healthcare environment in recent years has provided the Aging Network and senior nutrition programs new opportunities for engagement… Read more »

The Role of Social Determinants of Health: Perspectives from the Healthcare Side

March 19, 2018

Over the last few years, the healthcare environment has provided the aging network and senior nutrition programs with new opportunities for engagement with healthcare payers that support positive health outcomes. There is growing recognition of the impact of social determinants on health and well-being, which gives senior nutrition programs more leverage with healthcare entities to better… Read more »

Access to Public Benefits among Dual Eligible Seniors Reduces Risk of Nursing Home and Hospital Admission and Cuts Costs

August 15, 2017

The healthcare sector is in the midst of a major shift as new payment models demand both improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. However, little is known about whether specific non-medical interventions can positively impact health outcomes and associated healthcare costs, particularly among low-income seniors and other high-utilizers. With this research gap in mind,… Read more »

Recognizing and Addressing Malnutrition in our Communities

August 14, 2017

Malnourished older adults are commonly discharged without a diagnosis or dietary plan. To help address community follow-through, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveyed several kinds of community-based organizations (CBOs) to learn what they need to bolster their ability to identify and treat malnutrition – the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub. This Resource Hub targets transitions… Read more »