U.S. Administration on Aging
Department of Health and Human Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: AoA Press Office
Monday, October 3, 2011
Administration on Aging Announces new National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging
Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee today announced the award of $315,667 to the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to establish a new National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (Center).
The Older Americans Act nutrition program aims to reduce hunger and food insecurity of older adults as well as promote their socialization, health and well-being. Its purpose is also to delay adverse health conditions through access to nutrition and other disease prevention and health promotion services.
“Nutrition is an essential ingredient for maintaining health, functionality and continued independence in the community,” said Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee, “The Center will be a new resource to enhance this critical community-based nutrition program targeted at older adults.”
“The Meals On Wheels Association has been a leader on so many issues involving the provision of meals services to seniors in need of good nutrition and in helping our Senior Nutrition Programs do their jobs better,” said Enid Borden, President and CEO of MOWAA. “The National Resource Center will enhance our ability to improve and expand these essential services, and we look forward to working with Secretary Greenlee and her staff at the AoA as well as others in the aging network to accomplish these goals,” Borden continued.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) and the aging network provide a range of services with the goal of helping people maintain their independence and health as they age or acquire a disability. Nutrition services are used to prevent, treat and reduce the risk for chronic health conditions.
The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, especially the home-delivered program, serves older adults who tend to be less healthy, more functionally impaired, and more likely to live alone and have lower incomes than the average older American.
The Center will work to assist AoA in meeting the requirements of the Older Americans Act to build the capacity of the aging services network to provide nutrition services for both current and future older adult populations integrated into a home- and community-based service system and provide training and technical assistance to the aging network regarding nutrition services. It will also work to enhance the aging service network’s knowledge regarding the role of nutrition services in health promotion and disease prevention, and the scientific and clinical evidence that support both healthy meals and other nutrition services.
To learn more about the Older Americans Act Nutrition Services program, see: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HCLTC/Nutrition_Services/index.aspx