Toolkit: Screen, Document and Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity in Older Adults

Food insecurity in older adults is increasingly being recognized as a serious health and social problem in the United States. Recent research shows that in 2016, 8% of older adults (~ 2.8 million) experienced food insecurity – which can lead to poorer physical and mental health, increased healthcare costs and lower quality of life. As the population of older adults increases, the prevalence of food insecurity and its impact, is also expected to grow. To address this challenge, it is imperative that health, nutrition and aging service providers along the clinical-to-community care continuum are able to identify food insecurity in older adults and connect them with needed community-based resources. The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the AARP Foundation have released a Screen and Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults online course. Through this training, community-based partners as well as health care providers, can learn how to screen individuals age 50 and older for food insecurity and connect them to appropriate resources. Please join this webinar to learn about food insecurity in older adults and its impact on health and wellbeing. This training will also provide an overview of the Screen and Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults course and insights into the importance of food insecurity screening, emerging opportunities to receive reimbursement for this work, and the array of community-based resources that can address food access needs of vulnerable older adults.


Learning Objectives

As a result of this webinar, participants:
• Learned more about food insecurity and its impact in older adults;
• Are able to engage with the FRAC Screen and Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults course;
• Learned how healthcare and nutrition/aging services professionals can incorporate food insecurity screening to ongoing client assessment and outreach activities.


Presenters:

  • Heather Hartline-Grafton, DrPH, RD, Senior Nutrition Policy & Research Analyst, Food Research & Action Center
  • Alexandra Ashbrook, Director of Special Projects and Initiatives, Food Research & Action Center

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