Did you know many older adults may lose their sense of feeling thirsty? By the time they do feel thirst, they may be severely dehydrated. Did you know dehydration can be linked to confusion and falls in an older person? Making sure that older adults drink enough fluids is critical to keeping them safe, especially during the summer when older adults have trouble responding to changes in temperature.
Health professionals are important stakeholders in health and nutrition and share our vested interest at ODPHP in protecting the health of all Americans. We know that healthy eating and physical activity are some of the most powerful tools we have to prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. ODPHP developed a toolkit for health professionals to help share key messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines with patients and clients.
Older Americans Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older individuals. Health care providers can be a critical resource to help older individuals understand the importance of following a healthy diet for preventing, managing and treating chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. A healthy diet is of particular importance in older individuals whose age alone increases their risk for chronic medical problems.

Written by ODPHP Visiting Scholar Lauren Comunale

Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors National Nutrition Month®. This year, the theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”, which promotes not only the nutrition, but also the pleasure and joy that food brings to our lives.

How can you “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”?…