Healthy Aging


Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Healthy Eating. It is crucial to recognize that older adults typically have a fixed income and often rely on community services and resources to meet their nutritional needs. Considerations on how multiple levels of influence interact and lead to complex behaviors of eating among older adults may inform clinical care as the expansion of nutritional programs for older adults take place.


The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by promoting healthy eating.
Combating Food Insecurity: Tools for Helping Older Americans Access SNAP
AARP Foundation and Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
This joint toolkit from FRAC and the AARP Foundation, offering practical tips and examples to help organizations of all sizes address food insecurity in all types of communities with a goal of increasing senior SNAP participation. The toolkit walks through the basics of SNAP, and then provides practical resources to help organizations craft successful programs of education, outreach, and application assistance. It includes real examples of collateral and messages that have worked in communities across the nation, and offers strategies on how to measure success.

Individualized Nutrition Approaches for Older Adults
American Dietetics Association
This position paper states that the quality of life and nutritional status of older adults residing in health care communities can be enhanced by individualization to less-restrictive diets. The expansion of health care communities creates a multitude of options for registered dieticians and dietetic technicians, registered, to promote the role of good function and nutrition in the overall quality of life for the older adults they serve.

Food and Nutrition Programs for Community-Residing Older Adults
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society for Nutrition, and the Society for Nutrition Education
This position paper states that older adults should have access to food and nutrition programs that ensure the availability of safe, adequate food to promote optimal nutritional status. Food and nutrition practitioners can play a major role in promoting universal access and integrating food and nutrition programs and nutrition services into home- and community-based services.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): Aligning Dietary Guidance for All
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
This IOM report from 2010 recommends that USDA implement new healthier eating meal requirements for CACFP programs, including those for impaired or older adults.

State-by-State Senior Hunger Fact Sheets
Meals on Wheels Association of America
These fact sheets highlight the number of hungry seniors in each state, the number of meals and seniors served, and showcase that investing in these programs saves money.

NIH Senior Health: Eating Well As You Get Older
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute of Health (NIH)
Online interactive information about the benefits of eating well, choosing nutrient-dense foods, and eating well on a budget.

Nutrition for the Life Stages: Seniors 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Houses a comprehensive list of federal nutrition information and resources for seniors from HHS and USDA.

Older Adults Nutrition and Physical Activity
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
This site provides information and tools to help older adults stay healthy.

 What's On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute of Health (NIH), and National Institute on Aging (NIA)
This online resource is geared towards older adults, especially those 65 years and older, and addresses nutrition topics such as important nutrients to know, plans for healthy eating, food safety and shopping tips.

Adult Day Care Fact Sheets
University of Mississippi National Food Service Management Institute
This series of fact sheets provides nutrition related guidance for providers of adult day care.

Adult Day Care Resource Manual
University of Mississippi National Food Service Management Institute
This manual provides information to support quality nutrition programs in the adult day care setting.

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