Newtrition: Health, Food, Hunger and Seniors in 2012 and Beyond

View the Keynote Presentation by the Honorable Kathy Greenlee Administrator, Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, delivered at Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit.

  • In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee hailed the Nutrition Programs as the flagship of the Older Americans Act (OAA). She acknowledged the work of her predecessors, Assistant Secretaries Josephina Carbonell, Jeanette Takamura and Fernando Torres-Gil, as well as Enid Borden, former President and CEO of Meal On Wheels America, for her leadership and vision in fighting senior hunger.
  • The OAA Nutrition Programs have been very successful in fulfilling their mission to serve seniors and help them stay independent. As a network, however, we need to look at the challenges and opportunities of the future. The vision is that OAA programs will be further integrated with our nation’s healthcare delivery system and incorporate business-like models. As a collective network, we should learn how to price, sell and market the services and supports that enable seniors to remain healthier and independent, and that delay placement in long-term care facilities or return trips to the hospital.
  • Assistant Secretary Greenlee issued a challenge to the audience, and the entire aging network, to prove through measurable outcomes what we know and what doctors, hospitals, managed care organizations and others know to be true: proper nutrition has a positive impact on one’s health and well-being. It is our task to provide the data that proves OAA programs are worth their investment. This is the way of the future and a challenge to overcome, but one that has the potential to provide the additional revenue needed to serve a rapidly aging and more diverse population.