Nutrition

A series of new pocket films explain the role of nutrition in healthy aging and highlight some of the latest findings in nutrition research. They offer an easy-to-understand, concise introduction to nutrition that both consumers and health educators can take with them anywhere. Learn more here.

 

Press Room

Diabetic Retinopathy a Major Threat to Global Health

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 18th, 2016

Today the Alliance for Aging Research released The Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy, a factsheet that gives an overview of the threat the eye disease presents to global health.


Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic in Older Americans

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 9th, 2016

A new “pocket film” from the Alliance for Aging Research highlights the hidden epidemic of malnutrition in older adults. 

Related Topics: Nutrition / Prevention


Press Kit for Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic in Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 9th, 2016

Welcome to the press kit about the "pocket film:" Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic in Older Adults.


New Film Series Emphasizes Vital Role of Good Nutrition for Healthy Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 7th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science, has released three animated “pocket films” that explain the role of nutrition in healthy aging and highlight some of the latest findings in nutrition research.


Press Kit for the Nutrition and Healthy Aging 'Pocket Films'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 7th, 2016

This is the press kit for the nutrition and healthy aging "pocket film" series.


Alliance Partners with AEVR on Briefing to Discuss Lifestyle and AMD

Date: August 29th, 2011

This briefing was held during International AMD Awareness Week 2011 and co-sponsored by the Alliance for Aging Research, the AMD Alliance International (AMDAI), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).


Alliance Launches Malnutrition Awareness Campaign

Date: March 31st, 2007

The Alliance for Aging Research Launches Campaign to Increase Awareness About Malnutrition in Older Adults

Publications


Document

Malnutrition: Healthcare Professional Tip Sheet

Date: 2016

Many cases of malnutrition go undetected because the signs are subtle, those at risk are often difficult to recognize, and the symptoms may look like a normal part of aging.  This tip sheet helps healthcare professionals identify at-risk patients, screen for malnutrition, and personalize a treatment plan if necessary.  The tear-off section is for patients and includes additoinal resources and information.



Pocket Film

MALNUTRICIÓN Una epidemia oculta entre los adultos de mayor edad

Date: 2016

La malnutrición no sólo se da en los mayores que sufren hambre o que no tienen acceso a comida saludable. Le puede suceder también a adultos con enfermedades crónicas porque corren más riesgo de sufrir malnutrición. Enfermedades como el cáncer, la diabetes, el Alzhéimer y otras dolencias, pueden tener impacto sobre el apetito, haciendo que sea difícil comer, que haya cambios en el metabolismo y que conlleve restricciones en la dieta. Este corto informa sobre quién puede correr riesgo de caer en la malnutrición, el debilitante impacto que tiene en adultos mayores, ofrece información para identificar la enfermedad y cómo puede tratarse y prevenirse. Este film también está disponible en español. 



Pocket Film

Malnutrition in Older Adults: A Hidden Epidemic

Date: 2016

As many as one in two older adults are at risk for malnutrition.  And it doesn't just happen to seniors who suffer from hunger, or who don't have access to healthy food.  This pocket film introduces viewers to malnutrition and includes tips on identifying, treating, and preventing this serious condition.



Pocket Film

Nutrition for a Healthy Life

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2016

Constant exposure to our environment, the things we eat, and stresses from both inside and outside our bodies all cause us to age over time. This film explores those biological processes of aging, how we can maintain health throughout our lives with healthy lifestyles, and how scientists are learning more about the specific nutrients that can positively impact health. This film is the first in a series produced in partnership with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science.  Learn more here.

 

Related Topics: Nutrition



Pocket Film

Healthy Aging with Nutrition

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2016

A well-balanced diet full of essential nutrients can help support a healthy life. However, people with deficiencies, certain diseases and conditions, or with evolving nutritional needs at different stages of life may consider dietary supplements to add missing nutrients to their diets. Supplements are not regulated as strictly as drugs by the FDA, and headlines on nutritional recommendations seem to change from day to day. Watch this film for tips on a healthy diet, how to safely turn to supplements, and how to be a well-educated consumer. This film is the second in a series produced in partnership with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science.  Learn more here.



Pocket Film

Heart Healthy Aging with Nutrition

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2016

Like everything else in our bodies, the cardiovascular (CV) system goes through the aging process. We do know that there are things we can do, however, to positively impact our cardiovascular health. Watch this film to learn more about the aging of our CV system, research on bioactive compounds and how they may help maintain heart health, and a look at how cocoa flavanol supports healthy blood flow.   This film is the third in a series produced in partnership with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science.  Learn more here.




Public Comments

Letter to CMS on Proposed Rule Change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to Centers to the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its issuing of a proposed rule change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP) in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).



Meeting Summary

Exploring Scientific Evaluation and Intake Recommendations of Bioactive Compounds and the Public/Private Path to Get There

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2014

On October 23, 2014, the Alliance for Aging Research, with support from Mars, Inc., convened key stakeholders from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and other non-profit organizations, the U.S. and Canadian Governments, academia, and private industry to discuss scientific evaluation of bioactive compounds. Dr. Joanne Lupton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at Texas A&M University, co-chaired the meeting with Susan Peschin, President and CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research, and described the goals of the meeting as follows: (1) to identify concrete ideas for creating an evaluation process for bioactives, including intake recommendations, and (2) to address issues with and opportunities for public-private partnerships. She also shared a working definition of bioactive compounds and suggested it be used for the discussion: Bioactives, according to the working definition, are “constituents in foods or dietary supplements, other than those needed to meet basic human needs, which are responsible for changes in health status.”

The meeting included four presentations that helped frame the discussion. These presentations were on perspectives from the Subcommittee on Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), application of the DRI paradigm to bioactives, lessons learned from research on cocoa flavanols, and development of public-private partnerships.

Download the full meeting summary to learn more.

Blog

HROTW: Celebrate Healthy Aging Month with Proper Nutrition

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 1st, 2017

September is Healthy Aging Month! For our Health Resource of the Week, we’re highlighting the role nutrition plays in healthy aging with a short “pocket film.”


New Infographic Highlights the Issue of Malnutrition in Older Adults

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 30th, 2016

Today is the last day of Malnutrition Awareness Week™. To illustrate how malnutrition affects older adults, we've created an infographic.


This Week We’re Raising Awareness about Malnutrition

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 28th, 2016

This week is Malnutrition Awareness Week™. Malnutrition is an under-recognized problem in the United States, especially among older adults. As many as one in two older adults are at risk for malnutrition.


Next Week Is Malnutrition Awareness Week

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 19th, 2016

Next week, starting on September 26, is Malnutrition Awareness Week™.  We are excited to be partnering with our friends at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) to raise awareness.


Three New Resources for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 26th, 2016

As we continue our celebration of Older Americans Month, here are three resources to help older adults live longer and healthier lives. 


Missed Our #NutritionAging Twitter Chat? We Have You Covered

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 24th, 2016

Did you miss the May 23 #NutritionAging chat? Don't worry; we have you covered.


Don't Miss This Seminar on Nutrition, Fasting, Longevity, and Diseases

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 11th, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) holds its spring seminar with Dr. Valter Longo  from the University of Southern California on nutrition, fasting, longevity, and diseases. 


10 Things to Know about Malnutrition and Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 10th, 2016

Here are 10 things to know about malnutrition and older adults.


May Events for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 4th, 2016

During Older Americans Month, here are some events to keep you informed on research and health topics of interest to older adults. 


Champion Senior Swimmer DeEtte Sauer Finds Her 'Bliss Point'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 22nd, 2016

In this second entry in the Aging in the 21st Century series, champion swimmer DeEtte Sauer talks about finding her "bliss point" as an older adult and the long road it took to get there. 


HROTW: Video: Nutrition for a Healthy Life

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 5th, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week introduces you to a new video focused on the importance of nutrition for a healthy life.


10 Things to Know during National Nutrition Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 18th, 2016

Here are 10 things to know during National Nutrition Month.


Healthy Aging and Nutrition: Here’s What You Need to Know

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 11th, 2016

Learn what you need to know about nutrition and healthy aging in less than 15 minutes.


Infographic Incapsulates Malnutrition Crisis among Older U.S. Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 14th, 2016

This infographic casts awareness on the issue of malnutrition among older adults in the U.S.

Newsletter

What You Need to Know about Malnutrition As We Age

Date: August 3rd, 2016

Malnutrition can seriously threaten the health of seniors. Learn why it is a "hidden epidemic" among older adults.

Related Topics: Nutrition / Prevention


What You Should Know about Supplements

Date: March 9th, 2016

Kait Reinert gives an overview of supplements for our Science in the Spotlight feature.


Alliance Launches New ‘Pocket Film’ Series during National Nutrition Month

Date: March 7th, 2016

The Alliance releases a new video series about nutrition and healthy aging. 


The Secrets of Eating for Your Age

Date: July 1st, 2007

Mom’s advice to eat your vegetables and get a well-rounded diet doesn’t get any less relevant as you get older. As you age, eating right continues to play a vital role in whether or not you will enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. However, eating right for your age may mean making some adjustments in your eating habits.

Related Topics: Nutrition


A Different Kind of "Food Pyramid" for Better Health

Date: May 1st, 2007

A food that grants youth and immortality is an ancient dream celebrated in myth. The Greek gods ate ambrosia, which conferred grace or immortality. To stay young forever, the Norse gods ate the golden apples of Idun.

Now in the 21st century, science tells us that a healthy diet is important to insuring a long and healthy life. But just what makes for a healthy diet? We are inundated by conflicting nutritional advice.

 
 

Related Topics: Nutrition


Folic Acid: Boost for Your Brain?

Date: May 1st, 2007

Want to boost your memory and brain power? Eat more strawberries and asparagus. Both are good sources of folic acid, a vitamin that improved memory and cognition in healthy adults 50-70 years old, according to a study reported in the medical journal Lancet (Jan. 20, 2006).


Road Rage Lookout...Here Comes Diet Rage!

Date: July 1st, 2002

In May of this year, the Alliance For Aging Research conducted our annual survey on Baby Boomers. This year, with the help from Quaker Oats, we focused our attention on Baby Boomer attitudes toward aging and nutrition.

Related Topics: Nutrition


Seniors and Supplements: Risks vs. Rewards

Date: February 1st, 2002

Echinacea, St. John's wort, valerian-these exotic dietary supplements are becoming household names in a society eager to maintain its youthful vigor. Seniors, too, are increasingly turning to supplements as a way to stave off deadly diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease and fight prostate cancer. But before you rush out to buy these modern marvels, consider their downside.

Related Topics: Nutrition


What to Take for Hype: The Truth About the Anti-Aging Benefits of Vitamins

Date: May 1st, 2000

When it comes to taking care of our aging bodies, some things are obvious: exercise regularly, reduce fat intake, watch your cholesterol, get plenty of rest, and eat a well-balanced diet. But what exactly is a well-balanced diet? Do some vitamins and minerals really have anti-aging benefits? And if so, which ones should you be taking?

Related Topics: Nutrition / Prevention


Can We Live Longer by Eating Fewer Calories?

Date: July 1st, 1999

The jury is still out on whether caloric restriction can prolong human life or prevent age-related diseases, but the results of recent studies with rodents and rhesus monkeys are moving us closer to a verdict. Richard Weindruch, Ph.D., professor of medicine at University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the nation's top caloric restriction researchers, shares some thoughts about this promising area of research.

Related Topics: Nutrition


One Serving of Youth Please! Or, How Do You Eat Your Way to Healthy Aging?

Date: February 1st, 1999

Did you know you can eat your way to healthy aging? Living Longer and Loving It! recently consulted leading nutritionist Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg to develop a list of foods you can start eating now to put yourself on the road to healthy aging. Below, Dr. Blumberg answers questions you may be asking yourself about how to improve your chances for longevity and health.

Related Topics: Nutrition