Beyond the Meal – The Value of Socialization in Older Americans Act Congregate Nutrition Programs

The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) received a grant in June 2016 for one year of studying the benefits of socialization in OAA funded Congregate Nutrition programs to the health and well-being of older adults.

From the 1,989 surveys analyzed they found the following statistically significant information:

  • Those who answered that “socialization is encouraged” at the Congregate site were four times as likely to say they had a knowledge of good nutrition, had a knowledge of healthy eating habits and had experienced improved physical health since coming to the site.
  • Those who answered that they have “more friends now” than before they started at the site were also two times as likely to say that their physical health has improved since starting to visit the site.