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.

Framework for Isolation in Adults Over 50

April 15, 2015

This report presents the results of the first phase of the AARP Foundation Isolation Framework Project. This report establish a more thorough understanding of the current state of research related to isolation across multiple disciplines, with a special focus on research related to adults aged 50+. In addition, this report reviews measures of social isolation… Read more »

Op-Ed: Is Nutrition the First Step in Addressing Hospital Readmission?

April 15, 2015

Hospital readmissions among Medicare patients 65 years of age and older is an important issue impacting patients, families and hospitals. Hunger and the lack of proper nutrition among older adults contribute to increased hospital readmission rates, and poorer outcomes for patients ultimately placing undue burden on the health system. In order to create an incentive… Read more »

Hospitals Put Nutrition on the Front Burner

April 16, 2015

Hospitals and health systems around the nation are promoting healthy living by revamping their food offerings to set a better example for the communities they serve. Research shows that one-third of patients enter the hospital malnourished and, if left untreated, two-thirds of those will experience further decline. Half of malnourished inpatients go undiagnosed. Malnourished patients… Read more »

Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

April 15, 2015

The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition was established in 2013 and is an interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to championing effective patient nutrition practices, represents over 100,000 dietitians, nurses, hospitalists and other physicians from all 50 states. The Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness about the positive impact proper nutrition has on patients’ medical outcomes and providing… Read more »

Toolkit: POMP To Go Part 1

August 17, 2017

Resource Topic Guide The POMP website contains all the information and tools necessary to conduct performance-related surveys of Older Americans Act service recipients on the state and local level. These tools may also be useful to other social service and support programs. POMP Tutorial for the POMP Toolkit (WMV, 7 minutes) to familiarize you with… Read more »

Cost per Unit Tool

April 16, 2015

The Cost Per Unit Calculation Tool is an additional resource to help organizations determine the costs of services in order to set prices.

Toolkit: Components of a Quality Nutrition Program – Part 2

November 3, 2016

A quality senior nutrition program should be future-focused, client-focused and entrepreneurial-minded. Those running and overseeing quality senior nutrition programs, independent of their size, must understand the role senior nutrition services play within the broader parallel nutrition systems, and they must be prepared to modernize their strategy and operations, strengthening this role in the changing environment…. Read more »

Dietary Reference Intakes

April 16, 2015

The meals for Older Persons Nutrition Programs must provide nutrients in accord with the current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). This page indexes multiple publications relevant to the DRIs, providing links to these reference publications, including an interactive tool to calculate daily nutrient recommendations for dietary planning based, quick reference downloadable tables and charts, and various… Read more »

Total Diet Approach

April 15, 2015

It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that the total diet or overall pattern of food eaten is the most important focus of healthy eating. All foods can fit within this pattern if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with physical activity. The Academy strives to communicate healthy… Read more »

Senior Health Now! Senior Nutrition and Optimal Wellness

April 16, 2015

A community-based partnership to provide seniors with science-based nutrition and medication support and education to promote healthy behavior and successful aging. This project includes a cooking demonstration. Please note: the PowerPoint file is over 19 MB and may take several minutes to download, depending on your connection speed.

Wireless Kiosks: Improving Health and Reducing Costs

April 16, 2015

Use of wireless technology to monitor and provide real-time interventions on senior health issues. The goal is to improve health, thereby reducing ER visits, days in the hospital and delay or eliminate the need for long-term care.

What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

April 16, 2015

Making wise food choices as you grow older might be easier than you think. A lot of good information is available about nutrition and older people. In What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging, the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), introduces you to the… Read more »

Important Nutrients to Know

April 16, 2015

Your body needs nutrients to survive and stay healthy. There are five main types—proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, and water. This article talks about the special nutrient needs of adults over 50, what each of these nutrients does in the body and what foods they are found in.

Walking… A Step in the Right Direction

April 16, 2015

Walking is one of the easiest ways for you to be physically active. This brochure provides you with general tips on how to create and follow a walking plan.