Nutrition & Healthy Aging
In 2011 NFESH was a principal sponsor of a two day workshop conducted by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. That resulted in the publication in a 2012 summary entitled Nutrition and Healthy Aging in the Community: Workshop Summary. The summary acknowledges that the U.S. population of older adults is growing at an unprecedented rate and highlights some of the advancements in medical care, as well as improved awareness of healthy lifestyles, that have led to longer life expectancies. Regarding them the report finds that the “increase in the older population will result in a surge in the demand for delivery of services and create new challenges for older people, their caregivers, and nutrition and social services professionals who seek to ensure the availability of services to this population. The types of services needed by this population are shifting due to changes in their health issues.”
Nutrition and Healthy Aging in the Community: Workshop Summary investigates issues in four areas: Nutrition Issues of Concern to the Community; Transitional Care and Beyond; Transition to Community Care: Models and Opportunities; and Successful Intervention Models in the Community Setting. It also identified Research Gaps.