Explore our growing collection of practice briefs on key topics of growing interest to aging and nutrition professionals. These concise, focused one- or two-page resources are designed for senior nutrition professionals and consumers on key topics of interest (i.e., nutrient needs of older adults, actionable tips for congregate nutrition programs, culinary trends, etc).
Calcium is a mineral that plays an important role in the health of older adults. Older adults have higher calcium needs than younger adults.
Fiber plays an important role in the health of older adults. Older adults need slightly less fiber than younger adults.
Recommended intake of protein for older adults is the same as younger adults, though emerging research suggests older adults may indeed require more.
Vitamin B-6 is very important for older adults and may play a role in maintaining cognition during aging. Adults aged 51 and older have higher vitamin B-6 needs than younger adults.
Older adults do not require more vitamin B-12 than younger adults, but absorption of vitamin B-12 may decrease with age. It’s important to get the right amount of vitamin B-12 as we get older.
Older adults 70 years and above have higher vitamin D needs than younger adults. Vitamin D may even play an important role in the health of an aging brain.