This section of the Library includes brochures, fact and tip sheets and other resources which may be useful in helping older adults understand various topics related to healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.
Spanish language versions are available for many of the educational tip sheets.

Toolkit: 2018 National Nutrition Month Webinar: A Conversation with Lance Robertson

March 15, 2018

In celebration of National Nutrition Month the Assistant Secretary for Aging, Mr. Lance Robertson was featured in the National Nutrition and Aging’s Resource Center (NRCNA) webinar on March 14, 2018. The webinar provided an overview of Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs (OAANP) programs & their critical importance of these programs to helping older adults maintain… Read more »

Toolkit: Exploring the New Older Adults and In-Home Safety Report

March 7, 2018

This webinar allowed participants to learn about the new Older Adults and In-Home Safety report funded through Meals on Wheels America’s strategic partnership with The Home Depot Foundation. In an ongoing effort to provide the Aging Network with the tools it needs to succeed, Meals on Wheels America created this comprehensive resource to explore the… Read more »

Food Safety for Older Adults Booklet

January 23, 2018

Food safety is important for everyone—but it’s especially important for you. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration have prepared this booklet. It is designed to provide practical guidance on how to reduce your risk of foodborne… Read more »

National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab

January 11, 2018

Senior citizens are developing drug & alcohol rehab addiction at an alarming rate. The National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab is a non-profit organization that provides information, resources and treatment for care providers and seniors battling addiction and related conditions. While they do not advertise nor promote any for profit rehab treatment providers,… 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 »

Malnutrition and Chronic Diseases – NCOA

February 7, 2017

This Malnutrition Toolkit, development by the National Council on Aging, provides a wealth of information on malnutrition warning signs and therapeutic approaches to address this condition. Links to other resources on nutrition for older adults are also available.

Expand Your Circles: Prevent Isolation and Loneliness As You Age

November 18, 2016

With record-breaking numbers of Americans not only turning age 65, but also living longer than ever before, we are seeing a corresponding spike in the number of older adults who are socially isolated and lonely. Today, nearly 30 percent of older adults in the U.S. live alone, placing them at especially high risk of this problem…. Read more »

Combating Senior Hunger: Malnutrition Awareness Week

August 17, 2017

Blog Excerpt Senior Malnutrition in our country is an epidemic hiding in plain sight. It is estimated that almost 50 percent of older Americans are malnourished. During Malnutrition Awareness week let’s commit to ending this problem. Many inter-related factors can contribute to malnutrition. Some elderly people may live in a food desert and may not… Read more »

Final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

April 6, 2016

On January 7, 2016 – the federal government published its latest recommendations intended to shape people’s diets based on the latest research – The Dietary Guidelines for Americans: 2015-2020. The guidelines form the basis for all federal nutrition policies, including the National School Lunch Program, which serves thirty-one million children daily; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for… Read more »

My Plate for Older Adults

March 9, 2016

The new MyPlate for Older Adults icon depicts a colorful plate with images to encourage older Americans to follow a healthy eating pattern bolstered by physical activity. The plate is composed of approximately: 50 percent fruits and vegetables; 25 percent grains, many of which are whole grains; and 25 percent protein-rich foods such as nuts,… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »