New Research Brief: Older Americans Benefit from Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs

The Administration for Community Living and the Aging Services Network strive to help older adults remain safely in their homes and communities. One important way this is accomplished is by providing regular and adequate sources of nutrition to older adults who are in greatest social and economic need. While it can be difficult to isolate the beneficial effects of nutrition programs from other community supports (such as availability of caregivers), it is clear that AoA nutrition programs are serving those most in need. As this brief demonstrates, adults receiving congregate and home-delivered meals are older and in poorer health than the older population as a whole. They are also more likelyto be living alone. This suggests that the OAA NP, is fulfilling its mission by providing the most frail and vulnerable older adults with nutrition services that are helping them to stay in their homes.