Nutrition and Healthy Aging in the Community: A Workshop
Recent trends reveal that growing numbers of older adults now seek to live independently in the community setting. This shift creates new challenges for the older people, their caregivers, and social services and nutrition professionals who seek to assure the availability of nutrition and other services for this population. Nutrition needs are not always understood and nutrition services are fragmented and poorly integrated with other services. Coverage and reimbursement for such services also remain serious limitations, thus increasing the possibility that older persons requiring services fall through gaps in this tenuous service net. A better understanding of the issues is needed.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a public workshop to explore technical and policy issues related to nutrition interventions and services for older people staying in community settings. Through invited presentations and discussions among social services and nutrition researchers, program administrators and others, the workshop addressed the scope of nutrition needs, the importance, strengths, and weaknesses of nutrition services, and future research needs related to nutrition and healthy aging in the community. The workshop focused on the under-appreciated and under-studied aspects of community-based healthy aging and will stimulate dialogue about needed actions and research among health, nutrition, physical activity, and social services researchers and policy makers.
Speaker presentations from the workshop are available on the right side of this webpage under the heading Other Meeting Resources.