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.

Toolkit: Focus on Nutrition and Aging: March is National Nutrition Month

October 25, 2016

This webinar featured various March activities that will spotlight the importance of nutrition and the value of senior nutrition programs. Whether nutrition education, advocacy, or awareness-building, the role that aging professionals can play in helping to maintain the health and independence of older adults will be covered. Webinar participants heard from representatives from the Administration… Read more »

The Aging Network in Transition: Hanging in the Balance

February 4, 2016

This paper, ‘The Aging Network in the Transition: Hanging in the Balance’, covers key developments that are re-shaping the network as well as efforts to better measure the quality and value of its programs and services. The report also includes: case studies highlighting the work of the aging network in Florida, Massachusetts and California, discussion… Read more »

Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries

February 2, 2016

With support from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health, the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago, has created a Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries. Racial and ethnic minority populations are more likely than their… Read more »

Building the Business Case: Community Organizations Responding to the Changing Healthcare Environment for Older Adults

February 2, 2016

The National Coalition on Care Coordination (N3C) sponsored a symposium at the March 2014 Aging in America Conference of the American Society of Aging. That symposium, “Building the Business Case: Responding to the Changing Environment for the Aging Network,” has informed much of the content and lessons reflected in this brief. This brief is intended… Read more »

Next Steps to Better Nutrition

February 2, 2016

The Next Steps to Better Nutrition program was developed by the National Council on Aging and the American Heart Association to teach older adults how they can afford, purchase, and cook more nutritious foods. In a series of 6 hour-long classes, participants will learn about the relationship between nutrition and chronic disease, and discover how… Read more »

Keeping Up with Health Care Organizations: Understanding the Value Proposition as Integrated Care Progresses

March 19, 2018

Hosted by the: National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging On December 9th last year,  we provided a webinar with Sharon Williams. In this previous webinar, Sharon discussed how nutrition program could align their services with the key issues that drive healthcare organizations’ primary needs. She also focused on consumer and compliance needs. This follow-up webinar … Read more »

2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

January 7, 2016

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of… Read more »

Commodity Supplemental Food Program Overview

January 6, 2016

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.Amendments made by Section 4102 of the 2014 Farm Bill phase out the participation of women, infants, and children in CSFP and transition it to a low… Read more »

Nutrition to Reduce Hospital Admissions for Older Adults

December 23, 2015

Over the past several years there has been continued focus on reducing the number of patients being readmitted to a hospital once they have been discharged. Many factors are involved, and both acute and post-acute providers are paying close attention to reducing their number of readmissions. This not only involves reviews and monitoring of internal… Read more »

Toolkit: The Key Drivers for Healthcare Organizations when Partnering with CBOs

August 17, 2017

The success of any customer outreach campaign is having a comprehensive understanding of their drivers and the solutions your organization can apply to their needs. This webinar addresses some of the primary drivers for health care organizations in the wake of the long term care services/supports initiatives, focusing on dual eligible plans, Medicaid/Medicare plans, hospitals,… Read more »

Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs Evaluation: Meal Cost Analysis

November 9, 2015

Nutrition Service Programs (NSP), administered by the Administration on Aging (AOA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Older Americans Act (OAA), represents a key component of America’s strategy for ensuring that the health and social needs of older adults are adequately met…. Read more »

Process Evaluation of Older Americans Act Title III-C Nutrition Services Program

November 9, 2015

The mission of the AoA, now a part of DHHS’s Administration for Community Living, is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective system of long-term care that helps older adults maintain their dignity in their homes and communities. As part of its ongoing efforts to support program planning, improve program efficiency, and strengthen program effectiveness,… Read more »

Informing Strategies to End Senior Hunger in Native Communities

October 26, 2015

First Nations is deeply committed to assisting tribes and Native organizations in their ongoing efforts to end senior hunger. As of 2012, there were approximately 410,000 tribal elders age 65 and older in Indian Country. This number is expected to nearly triple between 2010 and 2050. As the Native senior population grows, so does the… Read more »

Traditional Foods in Native America

October 26, 2015

This report highlights traditional foods programs in six culturally and geographically diverse American Indian and Alaska Native communities. For decades, American Indian and Alaska Native communities have been reclaiming traditional foods and practices as an integral part of the Indigenous food sovereignty movement, which embraces identity and history, tribal sovereignty, traditional ways and cultural practices… Read more »