Nutrition

Nutrition is essential for physical, cognitive, and mental health

A poor diet can cause seniors to suffer the physical impairments of someone 14 years older and increase mortality up to 30%.

Key Topics

Access

Long distances to fully stocked grocery stores leave many seniors in rural areas reliant on gas stations, convenience stores, and canned goods.

Knowledge

Only 3 out of 5 eligible older adults take advantage of programs like SNAP to help them afford nutritious food.

Age Appropriate Nutrition

Many older adults haven’t adjusted to eating appropriately for their needs, reducing calorie intake to account for slowing metabolisms while meeting nutrient requirements.

Psychological

Food scarcity and nutrition imbalances have negative effects on cognition, which can result in difficulty with the tasks of daily living.

Rethinking nutrition education and fresh food access

Current trends in reworking local food systems can incorporate the needs of older adults.

Balanced Meal Education

Cooking classes, educational programs, and shopping assistance can help older adults obtain and prepare meals that support their physical and cognitive health and well-being.

Solving senior hunger

Hunger is a serious issue for baby boomers, with over 10+ million adults at risk every day. AARP’s Drive to end Senior Hunger raises awareness and promotes activism.

Healthy eating is a must for seniors

For seniors, eating a nutritious, healthy diet is key to staying active and independent. The NCOA provides videos, tips and resources for helping seniors find the best foods for their body and budget.

Fresh Food Access

Enhancing food distribution networks, retail channels, local gardens, and meal deilivery options represent opportunities to boost rural seniors’ access to fresh, nutritious meals.

Delivering life’s necessities to rural Mainers

Elderly, low-income citizens living in rural areas of Maine often lack the transportation to get fresh food and firewood. Friends of Aroostook (FOA) enlists volunteers to deliver locally-sourced provisions to seniors who live up to a 100 miles away.

Mobile Kitchen delivers peace-of-mind for seniors

When money is tight for seniors, they often have to make trade-offs that affect their health and can lead to “food insecurity.” To address the growing problem, the YMCA of Western North Carolina has partnered with a local food bank to provide free and fresh food to needy seniors.

Veggie Van brings healthier food home

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is doing its part to share the bounty of local farms with all citizens, including those living in vulnerable communities. Everyday, its mobile farmer’s market delivers locally-sourced veggies and fruits to remote and urban neighborhoods.

Blue Zones improves the big picture for seniors

When Albert Lea became a Blue Zones community, the benefits were undeniable. Healthcare costs dropped, property values increased, and life expectancy went up.