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Elderly Nutrition Program

Eating WellGood nutrition is critical to good
health—no matter what your age. Studies show that the right diet and adequate intake are especially important for older people and that poor nutrition is the biggest threat to an older adult’s independence. Wisconsin’s Elderly Nutrition Program is a step in that direction. The program offers tasty, nutritious meals to anyone aged 60 and older (in some tribes aged 55 or older). Each meal provides at least 1/3 of the daily amounts of nutrients needed to promote good health. Participants are provided with an opportunity to donate toward the cost of the meal, but no one (aged 60 or older) will be denied a meal regardless of their ability to donate.

Meal Sites (Senior Dining Locations)
Many communities offer meals in a specific location—often a senior center or other community facility—where older people can easily gather for food, fellowship, and fun. It’s not uncommon for new friendships to form during these meals—which are usually served at lunch time; however, some locations offer evening meals. Card games, crafting sessions, book groups, or other activities often take place before, during, or after the meal. The goal is to offer “more than a meal.” Find your local dining center (as of August 26, 2015).

Home-Delivered Meals
Often referred to as Meals on Wheels, home-delivered meals are great for folks who cannot get to a meal site and who meet certain eligibility requirements, but still need a nutritious meal. Friendly drivers bring delicious, home-style, freshly prepared meals delivered to your door Monday through Friday. Every delivery comes with the well-being check that Meals on Wheels has become famous for!

The nutrition program offers more than just a meal. It provides socialization, nutrition education, counseling, and is often the gateway to many other services. The program is offered by all county and tribal aging units/ADRCs in Wisconsin.

Contact someone to learn more about home-delivered meals.

DETERMINE Your Nutritional Risk

  1. I have an illness or condition that made me change the kind and/or amount of food I eat.
  2. I eat fewer than 2 meals per day.
  3. I eat few fruits or vegetables, or milk products.
  4. I have 3 or more drinks of beer, liquor, or wine almost every day.
  5. I have tooth or mouth problems that make it hard for me to eat.
  6. I don't always have enough money to buy the food I need.
  7. I eat alone most of the time.
  8. I take 3 or more different prescribed over-the-counter drugs a day.
  9. Without wanting to, I have lost or gained 10 pounds in the last 6 months.
  10. I am not always physically able to shop, cook, and/or feed myself.

Eating Healthy as You Grow Older
Be a Smart Shopper
Benefits of Eating Well
Choose Nutrient-Dense Foods
Eat Well on Your Budget
Enjoy Your Meals
Know How Much to Eat
Limit Some Foods

Link for Videos
They are short and some are only 24 seconds and none of them is longer than 6 minutes.

Medline Plus
Lots of excellent information at this site; check it out.

Excellent Nutrition Resources

American Dietetic Association
Information for the public. You realize the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits, but getting the best and most accurate information isn’t always easy online. ADA is here to assist you in your search for answers. Registered dietitians (RDs) are the food and nutrition experts and are committed to helping you enjoy a healthy life. Find out if it’s time to seek the assistance of a registered dietitian.

Eat Smart: A Nutrition Resource list for Consumers

Exercise & Physical Activity
Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging.

Go4Life tip sheets provide a wealth of information to help you add exercise and physical activity to your daily routine and have fun at the same time. And you can share these useful tips with others by simply printing copies for your family and friends.

Handouts for Consumers From USDA: Food Safety and Inspections

How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet

Is it Really FDA Approved?

Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults

Medicines In My Home Booklet

A new generation icon that replaces MyPyramid and promotes the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The intent is to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. There is a wealth of information at this site, visit often as they update it regularly.

Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers. A service of the National Agricultural Library, USDA.

Search the USDA Nutrient Database for foods and the nutrients they contain

Vegetarian Nutrition Resource List

What’s On Your Plate

Dietary Supplement Information
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Dietary Supplements
Find Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets 
Tips for Older Dietary Supplement Users