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

May 2nd, 2008: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition, physical activity, and aging information.

Of Special Interest

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Materials for Patients and the Public. Materials for Health Professionals.


In 2008 the average annual rate for a private nursing home room is $76,460 - up 17% since 2004. The demand and costs for in-home care are on the rise. Cost of Care Survey. 2008 Cost of Care Interactive Map.

Academy for Health Equity

Building Capacity to Eliminate Health Disparities: The Founding Meeting of the Academy for Health Equity. Denver at Colorado Convention Center - June 26-27, 2008. Call for papers: The deadline for abstract submissions will be Thursday, May 15, 2008. For more information.

Helping Older Adults Search for Health Information Online: A Toolkit for Trainers. Materials from AHRQ can be used to help older adults find reliable, up-to-date, online health information on their own.


FY 2008 Real Choice Systems Change and ADRC/AAA Grant Solicitation. CMS has been awarded $5 million for Aging and Disability Resource Center/Area Agencies on Aging grants. For complete grant solicitaion.


A long-term plan to accommodate an ageing population in decades to come. The Towards 2030 report produced by the Austrailian Department of Ageing, Disabilities and Home Care.

Resources and Web links


Newly Designed Consumer Health Information for you and the people you serve.Timely and easy-to-read Consumer Updates on product approvals, safety warnings,
and other health information are available at


On-line access to DRI Reports. All 6 nutrient and 2 applications reports can be accessed for free at

Census Bureau

Released new estimates of the population by state and age. Some key statistics: 17% of the total population, 52.4 million people, was 60 and older in 2007, 13% of the total population, 37.9 million people, was 65 and older. The number of people 85 and older reached 5.5 million, or 2% of the population. States with the highest percentages of older people (65 and older) included Florida (17%), West Virginia (15.5%) and Pennsylvania (15.2%). States with the lowest percentages were Alaska (7%), Utah (8.8%) and Georgia (9.9%). For age tables by state.


Crews WD Jr, Harrison DW, Wright JW. A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of the effects of dark chocolate and cocoa on variables associated with neuropsychological functioning and cardiovascular health: clinical findings from a sample of healthy, cognitively intact older adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87: 872-880.

Day L, Lord S. Individual and community fall prevention strategies. Age Ageing. 2008; 37: 352-353.

Djoussé L, Gaziano JM. Egg consumption in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality: the Physicians' Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:964-9.

Eckel RH. Egg consumption in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality: the story gets more complex. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:799-800.

Fung TT, Chiuve SE, McCullough ML, Rexrode KM, Logroscino G, Hu FB. Adherence to a DASH-style diet and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke in women. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168:713-20.

Garber CE, Allsworth JE, Marcus BH, Hesser J, Lapane KL. Correlates of the stages of change for physical activity in a population survey. Am J Public Health. 2008;98:897-904.

Krueger PM, Chang VW. Being poor and coping with stress: health behaviors and the risk of death. Am J Public Health. 2008;98:889-96.

Lappe J, Cullen D, Haynatzki G, Recker R, Ahlf R, Thompson K. Calcium and vitamin d supplementation decreases incidence of stress fractures in female navy recruits. J Bone Miner Res. 2008;23:741-9.

Madden JM, Graves AJ, Zhang F, Adams AS, Briesacher BA, Ross-Degnan D, Gurwitz JH, Pierre-Jacques M, Safran DG, Adler GS, Soumerai SB. Cost-related medication nonadherence and spending on basic needs following implementation of Medicare Part D. JAMA. 2008;299:1922-1928.

Matteini AM, Walston JD, Fallin MD, Bandeen Roche K, Kao WH, Semba RD, Allen RH, Guralnik J, Fried LP, Stabler SP. Markers of B-vitamin deficiency and frailty in older women. J Nutr Health Aging. 2008;12:303-8.

Odlund Olin A, Koochek A, Cederholm T, Ljungqvist O. Minimal effect on energy intake by additional evening meal for frail elderly service flat residents - a pilot study. J Nutr Health Aging. 2008;12:295-301.

Paine MF, Widmer WW, Pusek SN, Beavers KL, Criss AB, Snyder J, Watkins PB. Further characterization of a furanocoumarin-free grapefruit juice on drug disposition: studies with cyclosporine. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:863-71.


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