Senior Nutrition Programs
Nutrition Screening, Education and Counseling
A registered dietitian provides education opportunities and individual counseling for those who are at high nutritional risk or simply want to improve their nutritional status.
We are never too old to think about good nutrition. As we age our nutrition requirements change and may be even more important than when we were younger. Our lifestyle may be less active; we may sit more and perform less vigorous exercises or physical labor. Also, the body's metabolism may be less efficient or slower. These lifestyle and metabolism changes may cause weight gain and less efficient absorption of nutrients. Select more nutrient-dense foods with lower amounts of fat and sugar (empty calories). If you are having problems losing weight, limit your fat or sugar intake. Eat a variety of foods that are good sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Nutrition Opportunities Include
- Ask a Dietitian
- Nutrition Counseling
- Nutrition Education
- Nutrition Risk Screen
Programs are funded under the Federal Older Americans Act and are designed to provide meals and supportive services to people 60 years of age and older and their spouses regardless of age. A younger person with disabilities living with an eligible older person may also be eligible.
The meal must comply with the Dietary Guidelines For Americans and provide at least one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for an older person. The purpose of the Programs is to provide nutrition services that assist older individuals to live independently with improved nutrition.