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.

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 »

Native Healthy Foods for American Indian Communities Toolkit

October 26, 2015

The American Indian Cancer Foundation supported the development of a Healthy Native Foods toolkit designed for organizations who work with the American Indian community. This toolkit was developed by Stacy Hammer, Lower Sioux Tribal Member and Registered Dietitian. It offers strategies for healthier eating practices at the workplace and for organizations that host community events… Read more »

Toolkit: An Introduction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans

October 25, 2016

In this webinar, listeners will learn about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Bureau’s Office for Older Americans – dedicated specifically to financially protecting and educating seniors. In this webinar, listeners will explore how the CFPB’s unique consumer response system collects consumer feedback and takes necessary action to address product and/or service issue(s)…. Read more »

Toolkit: Improving Aging Services for LGBT Seniors

August 17, 2017

In this webinar, listeners will have the opportunity to learn from Tim R. Johnston, Manager of Education and Training for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging – why it’s different to grow older as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender identified individual. This interactive webinar explored the culture, needs and concerns of LGBT older… Read more »

Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know about Protecting Your Money and Retirement

August 13, 2015

‘Financial Steps for Caregivers’ is designed to help caregivers make important financial decisions – decisions that can affect both short-term and long-term financial security, as well as retirement. This resource offers information to assist caregivers as they embark on family financial planning, household budgeting, securing part-time work, preparing financial and legal documents, contending with elder… Read more »