University of Massachusetts Amherst

It's MORE Than A Meal


Special Nutrition Needs of Older Adults

good nutrition for seniors

The following are goals to help maintain the health and nutritional status of older adults. By following the advice of the Dietary Guidelines and USDA Pyramid, along with additional advice in this manual, you can plan meals and strategies to help meet these goals: 

  • Meet nutrient needs on fewer calories.
  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods.
  • Eat more dietary fiber.
  • Consume enough fluids.
  • Maintain health and nutritional status.
  • Increase the appeal of meals.
  • Address any barriers to healthy eating.
  • Stay physically active, if possible.
  • Prevent or treat chronic diseases.
  • Minimize food / drug interactions.

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