Nutrition and Healthy Aging

Finn, Susan Calvert
September 2000
Journal of Women's Health & Gender-Based Medicine;Sep2000, Vol. 9 Issue 7, p711
Academic Journal
The article focuses on nutrition and health in aging women in the United States. In this context the statistical information on the population of women 85 years of age and above from 1900 to 2000 is identified. Key nutrients in the older woman's diet are elaborated upon as part of the discussion in the article. Discussion on nutrition screening and counseling is also undertaken. In its recent report, The Role of Nutrition in Maintaining Health of the Nation's Elderly, the Institute of Medicine (TOM) observes that 86% of the estimated 34 million Americans over age 65 have at least one chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, or diabetes, that might be helped by nutrition counseling. The report concludes that nutrition counseling could improve the health of many Medicare beneficiaries and offers a series of recommendations for removing the barriers to providing coverage for nutrition services in the outpatient or home care setting, where intervention is often most appropriate.


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