Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers. As you age, you might need less energy. But you still need just as many of the nutrients in food. To get them
- Choose a variety of healthy foods
- Avoid empty calories, which are foods with lots of calories but few nutrients, such as chips, cookies, soda and alcohol
- Pick foods that are low in cholesterol and fat, especially saturated and trans fats
Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals. Look for trans fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines and shortenings.
NIH: National Institute on Aging
- 4 Types of Foods that Boost Your Memory (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
- 5 Top Foods for Eye Health (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
- Health Tips for Older Adults (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish
- Healthy Weights for Healthy Older Adults (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
- Nutrition: Unique to Older Adults (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)
- Older Adults and Food Safety (Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service) Also in Spanish
- Senior Health: How to Prevent and Detect Malnutrition (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Choosing Healthy Restaurant Meals (National Institute on Aging)
- Heart-Healthy Recipe of the Week (National Library of Medicine)
- Serving and Portion Sizes (National Institute on Aging)
- Shopping for Food That's Good for You (National Institute on Aging)
- Using the Nutrition Facts Label: A How-To Guide for Older Adults (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Dietary Patterns and Their Relationship with Frailty in Functionally Independent...
- Article: The Feasibility of Standardised Geriatric Assessment Tools and Physical Exercises...
- Article: Prevalence and risk factors of frailty among home care clients.
- Nutrition for Seniors -- see more articles
- Definitions of Health Terms: Nutrition (National Library of Medicine)
Find an Expert
- AAAs (Area Agencies on Aging) & Title VI Aging Programs (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging)
- Find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
- Meals on Wheels: Find a Meal (Meals on Wheels Association of America)
- National Institute on Aging Also in Spanish