The number of older adults is rapidly rising. By 2030, 20% of the United States population will be 65 and older. The challenge is ensuring that these older adults are healthy and vibrant as they age. In 2013, nearly 10 million older adults in the United States experienced food insecurity.1
Older adults make significant choices about their health and nutrition, and may face challenges in receiving the nutrition they need. The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop to examine factors that affect the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs.
What are some of the challenges that older adults may face in meeting their dietary needs? What are potential opportunities that may exist within the physical, social, and cultural environment to address these challenges?
NOTE: This infographic summarizes information presented at a workshop. Statements and opinions expressed are those of the individual participants and are not necessarily endorsed or verified by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and should not be construed as reflecting any group consensus.