From the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging:

December 14th , 2007: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition, physical activity, and aging information.

Special Announcement

DHHS Releases New Health Literacy Tool for Professionals who serve Older Adults. It provides useful strategies and suggestions to professionals who work with older adults to help bridge the communication gap between professionals and older adults.

New data NHANES 2003-2004 analysis What We Eat in America. Data tables on mean nutrient intakes from foods for 21 gender/age groups by race/ethnicity and family. 

Of Special Interest

National Caregiver's Alliance Report: "Family Caregivers--What They Spend, What They Sacrifice". This study explores the financial aspects of caregiving for all types of family caregivers, including spousal caregivers.

Annual report on trends in health statistics. National Center for Health Statistics Compendium: Health, United States, 2007. For tables for Americans 65 and over.

Two new fact sheets from the Urban Institute; Should People Work Longer, and Will They? and Are Employers Willing to Hire and Retain Older Workers?

New York Council of Senior Centers and Services survey on hunger among New York City’s elderly.

FDA FREE e-mail service sends alerts about updates to agency Web pages, food safety, medical product approvals and consumer health.

Resources and Web links

MyPyramid for Older Adults: A New Educational Tool from the University of Florida. Available for purchase.

New website from the American Council on Science and Health. Putting Risk In Perspective: an accurate perspective on the real, documented risks to life in twenty-first century America.

National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care. Reports, recommendations, resources and links related to Long-Term Care.


Amarenco P, Steg PG. The paradox of cholesterol and stroke. Lancet. 2007;370:1803-4.

Bravata DM, Smith-Spangler C, Sundaram V, Gienger AL, Lin N, Lewis R, Stave CD, Olkin I, Sirard JR. Using pedometers to increase physical activity and improve health: a systematic review. JAMA. 2007;298:2296-304.

Bogner HR, Morales KH, Post EP, Bruce ML. Diabetes, depression, and death: a randomized controlled trial of a depression treatment program for older adults based in primary care (PROSPECT). Diabetes Care. 2007;30: 3005-10.

Cabrera C, Rothenberg E, Eriksson BG, Wedel H, Eiben G, Steen B, Lissner L. Socio-economic gradient in food selection and diet quality among 70-year olds. J Nutr Health Aging. 2007;11:466-73.

Clarke R, Birks J, Nexo E, Ueland PM, Schneede J, Scott J, Molloy A, Evans JG. Low vitamin B-12 status and risk of cognitive decline in older adults. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;86;1384-91.

Counsell SR, Callahan CM, Clark DO, Tu W, Buttar AB, Stump TE, Ricketts GD. Geriatric care management for low-income seniors: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2007; 298:2623-33.

Dixon LB, Subar AF, Peters U, Weissfeld JL, Bresalier RS, Risch A, Schatzkin A, Hayes RB. Adherence to the USDA Food Guide, DASH Eating Plan, and Mediterranean dietary pattern reduces risk of colorectal adenoma. J Nutr. 2007;137:2443-50.

Elavsky S, McAuley E. Exercise and self-esteem in menopausal women: a randomized controlled trial involving walking and yoga. Am J Health Promot. 2007;22:83-92.

Everett MD, Kinser AM, Ramsey MW. Training for old age: production functions for the aerobic exercise inputs. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2007;39:2226-33.

Hardy SE, Perera S, Roumani YF, Chandler JM, Studenski SA. Improvement in usual gait speed predicts better survival in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007; 55:1727-34.

Leitzmann MF, Park Y, Blair A, Ballard-Barbash R, Mouw T, Hollenbeck AR, Schatzkin A. Physical activity recommendations and decreased risk of mortality. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:2453-60.

Mackey DC, Lui LY, Cawthon PM, Bauer DC, Nevitt MC, Cauley JA, Hillier TA, Lewis CE, Barrett-Connor E, Cummings SR; Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) and Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study (MrOS) Research Groups. High-trauma fractures and low bone mineral density in older women and men. JAMA. 2007;298:2381-8.

Maupomé G, Gullion CM, Peters D, Little SJ. A comparison of dental treatment utilization and costs by HMO members living in fluoridated and nonfluoridated areas. J Public Health Dent. 2007;67:22433.

McAuley E, Morris KS, Doerksen SE, Motl RW, Hu L, White SM, Wojcicki TR, Rosengren K. Effects of change in physical activity on physical function limitations in older women: mediating roles of physical function performance and self-efficacy. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007;55:196773.

Michalsen A, Riegert M, Ludtke R, Backer M, Langhorst J, Schwickert M, Dobos GJ. Mediterranean diet or extended fasting's influence on changing the intestinal microflora, immunoglobulin A secretion and clinical outcome in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia: an observational study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2005;5:22.

Newman GC, Bang H, Hussain SI, Toole JF. Association of diabetes, homocysteine, and HDL with cognition and disability after stroke. Neurology. 2007;69:2054-62.

Ochs-Balcom HM, Grant BJ, Muti P, Sempos CT, Freudenheim JL, Browne RW, McCann SE, Trevisan M, Cassano PA, Iacoviello L, Schunemann HJ. Antioxidants, oxidative stress, and pulmonary function in individuals diagnosed with asthma or COPD. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006;60:991-9.

Raso V, Benard G, DA Silva Duarte AJ, Natale VM. Effect of resistance training on immunological parameters of healthy elderly women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2007;39: 2152-2159.

Robinson SM, Jameson KA, Batelaan SF, Martin HJ, Syddall HE, Dennison EM, Cooper C, Sayer AA; the Hertfordshire Cohort Study Group. Diet and its relationship with grip strength in community-dwelling older men and women: The Hertfordshire cohort study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Nov 15;[Epub ahead of print]

Salminen H, Saaf M, Johansson SE, Ringertz H, Strender LE. Nutritional status, as determined by the Mini-Nutritional Assessment, and osteoporosis: a cross-sectional study of an elderly female population. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006;60:486-93.

Sarkisian CA, Prohaska TR, Davis C, Weiner B. Pilot test of an attribution retraining intervention to raise walking levels in sedentary older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007;55:1842-6.

Schiffrin EJ, Thomas DR, Kumar VB, Brown C, Hager C, Van't Hof MA, Morley JE, Guigoz Y. Systemic inflammatory markers in older persons: the effect of oral nutritional supplementation with prebiotics. J Nutr Health Aging. 2007;11:475-9.

Shatenstein B, Kergoat MJ, Reid I. Poor nutrient intakes during 1-year follow-up with community-dwelling older adults with early-stage Alzheimer dementia compared to cognitively intact matched controls. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007;107:2091-9.

Shedd KM, Hanson KB, Alekel DL, Schiferl DJ, Hanson LN, Van Loan MD. Quantifying leisure physical activity and its relation to bone density and strength. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2007;39:2189-98.

Schulman C. The effect of obesity on disability vs mortality in older American: the potential implication of testosterone. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:2528.

Stout JR, Sue Graves B, Cramer JT, Goldstein ER, Costa PB, Smith AE, Walter AA. Effects of creatine supplementation on the onset of neuromuscular fatigue threshold and muscle strength in elderly men and women (64 - 86 years). J Nutr Health Aging. 2007;11:459-64.

Sui X, LaMonte MJ, Laditka JN, Hardin JW, Chase N, Hooker SP, Blair SN. Cardiorespiratory fitness and adiposity as mortality predictors in older adults. JAMA. 2007;298:2507-16.

Tan J, Wang JJ, Flood V, Kaushik S, Barclay A, Brand-Miller J, Mitchell P. Carbohydrate nutrition, glycemic index, and the 10-y incidence of cataract. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007; 86:1502-8.

van den Kommer TN, Dik MG, Comijs HC, Fassbender K, Lütjohann D, Jonker C. Total cholesterol and oxysterols: Early markers for cognitive decline in elderly? Neurobiol Aging.2007 Sep 19;[Epub ahead of print]

Walke LM, Byers AL, Tinetti ME, Dubin JA, McCorkle R, Fried TR. Range and severity of symptoms over time among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:2503-8.

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