Nourishing Seniors Through Medically Tailored Meals: A National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging Convening

Across the nation, the senior population is growing exponentially, outpacing the resources available to serve vulnerable older adults and putting their health and well-being in jeopardy. Despite the ubiquity of senior nutrition programs, unmet needs abound. Access to nutritious food is a particular challenge for older adults. There is growing recognition of the impact that social determinants of health – such as limited access to nutritious foods – have on chronic disease self-management, healthcare cost and quality of life. The provision of medically tailored meals has emerged as a solution to address both the medical and nutrition needs of older adults coping with chronic illnesses.

Senior nutrition programs are a proven public-private partnership able to leverage this new approach to service delivery to effectively support the health and wellness needs of at-risk seniors. The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging will host a day-long online and in-person convening focused on helping the network of community-based senior nutrition programs understand best practices, current challenges and emerging opportunities in the provision of medically tailored meals targeted at older adults.

Participant objectives:
• To review the available state of research-informed evidence regarding the impact of medically tailored meals on the health, wellbeing and independence of older adults.
• To discuss the scope of practice related to the production and provision of medically tailored meal services at senior nutrition programs.
• Identify current and future practice, research, and training opportunities that support the provision of medically tailored meals for older adults by community-based senior nutrition programs.