As a Senior Advisor on the AARP Foundation hunger team, I'm really looking forward to a forthcoming AARP Foundation-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) Workshop, Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults. After about a year of planning, it's almost here! This will be a fascinating workshop, held Oct 28-29 in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.
All you need to do is register! Here's the link.
The workshop will examine the evidence on factors in the physical, social, and cultural environment that impact the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs.
The specific objectives of the workshop are to 1) Describe the unique dietary needs of the 50+ and challenges to meeting them, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations; 2) Provide an overview of strategies employed to help meet these needs; and 3) Explore potential strategies that leverage the private sector and collaborative partnerships to help meet the nutrition/diet needs of the 50+.
Take a closer look at the agenda here.
Food insecurity, hunger and poor diets among older adults is all too significant across the U.S. yet the 50+ age group is the nation's fastest growing demographic. It makes sense - be it economic, physical or emotional - to pay significant attention to the nutrition of older adults. Health care costs are skewed to the elderly and too many face preventable chronic health conditions. This workshop promises to be one step closer to addressing these much needed issues. For those who cannot attend, the workshop will also be webcast. Learn more here.