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The Elderly Nutrition Education Coordinating Group
is pleased to have sponsored the symposium:

“Aging Challenges: Closing the Nutrition Gap”
during the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education

Nutrition plays a vital role in helping older adults remain healthy and independent in their communities. The Elderly Nutrition Education Coordinating Group (ENE Group) has worked together for a number of years to promote the importance of nutrition education for older adults.  The symposium highlighted a broad array of nutrition related information, education, and programmatic strategies that addressed the nutritional needs of older adults and how they can be met.

The symposium, moderated by ENE group representatives, Dr. Mary Clarke and Dr. Jacquelyn W. McClelland was divided into two parts: (1) the nutritional needs of older adults and (2) the array of strategies used to meet these needs. The symposium consisted of a panel presentation, oral presentations, and tabletop displays of current research and programs of researchers and educators from across the country. Abstracts and project descriptions submitted for the symposium and from which author-permission has been received are posted on this website.


Part 1 – Aging Challenges: Targeting a Nutrition Response:

This panel presentation documented the nutrition needs of older adults and began the search for innovative and collaborative solutions.

  • Serving Older Adults at Nutritional Risk

Jean Lloyd, U.S. Administration on Aging discussed the purpose of the Older Americans Act and its Elderly Nutrition Program including the population served, the array of nutrition services currently available including nutrition screening, an assessment of these services, and the unmet needs.

  • Using Research and Information

Nadine Sahyoun, USDA/Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion characterized the elderly population and described examples of current research including healthy weight for older adults, trends in food intake as compared to the food guide pyramid, and food security.

  • Expanding Local Community Collaboration

Dian Weddle, National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging discussed how linkages between the elderly nutrition programs and Cooperative Extension networks can improve the nutritional status of older adults and result in positive programmatic outcomes and accountability.

Part 2 – Aging Challenges: Meeting Nutrition Needs

A variety of research projects and programs to meet the nutrition needs of older adults was presented as brief oral presentations and tabletop displays.

Research Projects
Oral Presentations:

Tabletop Displays and Information Sharing:

Oral Presentations:

Tabletop Displays and Information Sharing:

This web page is part of the NPRCNA project: Aging, Nutrition and Extension: An Integrated Network For Rural America. The purpose of this Fund for Rural America project is to coordinate existing aging, nutrition and Extension networks to help improve the nutritional wellbeing, quality of life, health and independence of rural older adults. This project is supported in part, by a grant, number 97-36200-5256, from the United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, Washington, DC 20250-2245.

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