Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: A Workshop

When: October 28, 2015 - October 29, 2015 (8:00 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Lecture Room ) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Food and Nutrition, Aging
Activity: Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: A Workshop
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

Under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine, an ad hoc committee will conduct a two-day workshop to advance the knowledge and understanding of the factors in the physical, social, and cultural environment that impact the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs. The following is a snapshot of the sessions and their topics: 

Session 1 – Introduction and Background

What is healthy aging? What do we know about the preferences and behaviors of the 50+ population?

Session 2 – Emerging Physiological Insights

What are the dietary needs for the 50+? Do they differ from other age groups? How do they affect health outcomes in the older population? What are the implications for dietary guidance and nutrition standards for older adults?

Session 3 – Emerging Ecological Insights

How food secure is the U.S. aging population? How do social and environmental factors influence whether their dietary needs are met? Do minorities or other vulnerable groups face greater challenges in meeting dietary needs?

Session 4 – National Programs Addressing Dietary Needs of the Older Population

What are the current policies and programs to help meet the dietary needs of older adults? What are lessons learned and how can we improve them moving forward?

Session 5 –Roles of Community and Food Sector

What do we know about the trends in food and beverage consumption in the 50+ population? What do we know from the community and private sector about strategies to reach the aging population? What strategies might be beneficial in the future?

Session 6 – Research Priorities and Gaps

How do we start finding solutions to meet the dietary needs of our aging population? What are promising strategies? How can we ensure that food and nutrition is included in the many conversations about aging?  What are questions that will need research and analysis in the future?

The meeting will take place October 28th from 8:00AM-5:40PM EST and October 29th from 8:00AM-12:30PM EST. 

There is no fee for attendees. Registration is open and will remain open until we have reached capacity. 

For those that cannot attend in person, the meeting will be Webcast.

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