Older Individuals

Older woman with groceries

For and about seniors, find resources on healthy eating, nutritional challenges related to aging, food safety issues, Meals on Wheels and other assistance programs. See more on these sub-topics:

Free Course on Food Safety for Home-Delivered Meals

University of Maryland.

“Food Safety on the Go” is a free food safety training program for staff, volunteers and clients of home-delivered meal programs that focuses on deliveries to older adults. The overall goal of this course is to decrease the risk of foodborne illness among clients.

MedlinePlus: Nutrition for Seniors

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

MedlinePlus: Seniors' Health

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Healthy Aging

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Find information and links, statistics/research, publications, listserv and more.

US Administration on Aging

Federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns, including health and nutrition, and the Elderly Nutrition Program.

Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University

USDA. Agricultural Research Service; Tufts University.

Largest research institution in the world studying the relationship between nutrition and aging.

MyPlate for Older Adults

University of Florida IFAS Extension.

MyPlate for older adults was adapted from USDA's MyPlate. Developed in 2011, and reviewed by the University of Florida Extension Service in May 2016.

MyPlate for Older Adults

Tufts University. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Guidance for Older Adults based on MyPlate, this article and graphic encourages adequate nutrient and fluid intake for older adults.

Eat Smart, Live Strong logo Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults

Eat Smart, Live Strong is designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among able-bodied 60-74 year olds participating in or eligible for FNS nutrition assistance programs. The intervention is designed to help nutrition educators working with FNS programs and in communities deliver science-based nutrition education to the growing number of low-income older adults.

Nutrition and Aging (PDF | 806 KB)

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.

Fact sheet includes information on buying more for less, sensory changes, structural changes, special dietary needs, and food preparation for one. Material uses previous Food Guide Pyramid.

Nutrition for Healthy Aging (PDF | 8.9 MB)

American Institute for Cancer Research.

This brochure gives tips for eating to reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

To Your Health! Food Safety for Seniors cover To Your Health! Food Safety for Seniors

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Also in PDF|852 KB and in Spanish (PDF|669 KB).

Eating Well as You Get Older

DHHS. NIH. National Institute on Aging.

Older adults can learn how to make wise food choices and can find information about food labels, food safety, meal planning, food shopping, and ways to enhance the enjoyment of eating.

Food and Nutrition Information Center Logo Older Adults General Nutrition Resource List 2013 (PDF | 297 KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

A Senior's Guide To Good Nutrition

Vegetarian Resource Group.

Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults

DHHS. NIH. National Institute on Aging.

Interactive web site on exercise for older adults. Features video clips, quizzes, and more.

Older persons Young at Heart: Tips for Older Adults

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Also in PDF|6.88 MB and in Spanish.

MedlinePlus: Exercise for Seniors

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Senior health: How to detect and prevent malnutrition

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. MayoClinic.com.

Healthy Aging: Improving and Extending Quality of Life Among Older Americans

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Role of Nutrition in Maintaining Health in the Nation's Elderly: Evaluating Coverage of Nutrition Services for the Medicare Population (2000)

Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Committee on Nutrition Services for Medicare Beneficiaries.

Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being

Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.

Provides updated statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and over. The indicators are categorized into five broad areas-population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors and health care.

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

DHHS. NIH. National Institute on Aging.

Includes sample exercises, progress tracking tips, and information on healthy eating. Also available in PDF (9.6 MB) or ordered via print copy.

USDA MyPlate Food Guidance System

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

The MyPlate food guidance system replaces MyPyramid. The Daily Food Plan can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you.