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Nutrition

University of Massachusetts Extension
Nutrition Education Program (NEP)

University of Massachusetts, Department of Nutrition
205 Chenoweth, 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA 01002-0552
Phone: 413-545-0552
Website: www.umass.edu/umext/nutrition
The UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) provides a variety of nutrition education resources and programs for consumers and professionals. Some materials are available in multiple languages. Online professional development opportunities are offered through UMassONE.

American Dietetic Association
Website: www.eatright.org
The American Dietetic Association has an online catalog of materials sold to professionals and consumers. Click on Shop Online to access the catalog.

DETERMINE Nutritional Risk Checklist
Website: www.nfsmi.org/Information/adult_fact_sheets.html
This downloadable checklist developed by the Nutrition Screening Initiative
has questions to assess whether older adults are at high risk for poor
nutrition. Strong and Healthy, a companion to the checklist, gives tips to
improve their nutritional health.

Nutrition.Gov
Website: www.nutrition.gov
This website offers nutrition information and links to the Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid. Nutrition Information About…Elderly links to websites on nutrition, exercise, supplements, osteoporosis, and food safety issues for older adults.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)

Phone: 301-504-5719
E-mail: fnic@nal.usda.gov
Websites: www.nal.usda.gov/fnic (main website)
This website is a directory to credible nutrition information and resources. It links to the Dietary Guidelines, MyPyramid, and a database of the nutrient content of foods.
www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/etext/000002.html (nutrition for aging adults)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Phone: 888-INFO-FDA (888-463-6332)
FDA provides a free downloadable booklet Eating Well as We Age at the following website:
(www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/englow.html)

Health Issues for Older Adults

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's Association
Helpline: 800-548-2111 Massachusetts chapter
Websites: www.alz.org National office
www.alzmass.org Massachusetts chapter

This website describes Alzheimer’s disease. It includes a caregivers’ section with information on other resources, and tips on dealing with daily challenges.

National Institute of Health - Senior Health
Email: custserv@nlm.nih.gov
Website: www.nihseniorhealth.gov
This website explains the symptoms, progression, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It includes tips for caregivers.

National Institute on Aging Information Center
Phone: 800-222-2225
Website: www.niapublications.org
The Alzheimer’s Disease section has free fact sheets. Other free downloadable materials include an Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery booklet and CD-Rom speaker kit to educate family, staff, and volunteers.

Diabetes

American Diabetes Association
Phone: 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383)
Website: www.diabetes.org
This website is a useful resource for general information on diabetes.

Idaho Plate Method (For People with Diabetes)
Phone: 208-624-7279
Website: www.platemethod.com
This guide shows how much space each food group should occupy on a 9-inch plate. It includes menus and diabetes survival tips. Check for current prices.

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Phone: 800–860–8747
Email: catalog@niddk.nih.gov
Website: diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
This website provides general information on diabetes. It links to fact sheets and publications written in English and Spanish.

Heart Disease

American Heart Association
Phone: 800-242-8721
Website: www.americanheart.org
This website provides general information on heart disease.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Phone: 301-592-8573
TTY: 240-629-3255
Website: www.nhlbi.nih.gov
This website provides general information on heart disease. Some resources are downloadable. Others must be ordered and received by mail.

High Blood Pressure

American Heart Association
Phone: 800-242-8721
Website: www.americanheart.org
This website provides general information on high blood pressure.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Phone: 301-592-8573
TTY: 240-629-3255
Website: www.nhlbi.nih.gov
This website provides general information on high blood pressure. Some resources are downloadable. Others must be ordered and received by mail.

Osteoporosis

National Institute of Health
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases

Phone: 202-223-0344 or 800-624-BONE
Website: www.niams.nih.gov/bone/
This website has information on osteoporosis. It offers fact sheets on a variety of topics.

National Osteoporosis Foundation
Phone: 202-223-2226
Website: www.nof.org
This website has information on osteoporosis. It provides free fact sheets and instructions to order publications sold by the foundation.

Senior Health (Multiple Topics)

NIH Senior Health
Website: www.nihseniorhealth.gov
This website from the National Institutes of Health provides reliable health information and printable documents. Senior-friendly features include large print, short easy-to-read information, and simple navigation. Seniors can click on icons to hear text read aloud, or increase contrast to make it more readable.

Medicines and Older Adults

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA provides Medicines and Older Adults a free downloadable booklet at the following website:
Medicines and Older Adults
Website: www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/englow.html

Ohio State University Extension
Senior Series Fact Sheets

Website: ohioline.osu.edu/ss-fact
This website provides five downloadable fact sheets on medications:

  • Adverse Drug-Drug and Food-Drug Interactions
  • Aging Increases the Risk for Medication Problems
  • Medication Misuse among Older Adults
  • Over-the-Counter Medication Labels
  • Over-the-Counter Medications are Drugs, Too

Physical Activity and Older Adults

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Phone: 317-637-9200
Website: www.acsm.org
Current Comments are statements on exercise topics written for the public. Topics relevant to older adults are the physiology of aging; exercise and the older adult; exercise and cardiovascular disease; and exercise and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Go to the home page, and click on General Public.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults
Website: www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/growing_stronger
Click on "Print-Friendly Version" to download a 126-page booklet called Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults.

National Institute on Aging Information Center
Phone: 800-222-2225
Website: www.niapublications.org
The Healthy Aging section provides a free downloadable 86-page exercise guide for older adults. A kit with the guide and companion video can be ordered for $7.

Emergency Food Plans

American Red Cross
Phone: 202-303-4498
The Red Cross provides a free downloadable pamphlet at the following website:
Food and Water in an Emergency www.redcross.org/static/file_cont39_lang0_24.pdf

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Phone: 800-621-FEMA National office
617-956-7506 Regional office serving CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
FEMA provides free downloadable pamphlets on the following website:
http://www.fema.gov/library/

Florida International University
The university provides a free downloadable cookbook with recipes for meals that require little water and no electricity to prepare.
Healthy Hurricane/Disaster Cookbook
www.fiu.edu/~health/hurricaneseason/Cookbook.pdf

UMass NEP
University of Massachusetts Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) and the Massachusetts Partnership for Food Safety Education
Website: www.umass.edu/umext/nutrition/programs/food_safety/index.html
This website provides emergency and food safety education materials for consumers and professionals.
Some materials are available in multiple languages. Downloadable fact sheets include:
Keeping Food Safe If the Power Goes Out
Keeping Your Family Fed in the Power Goes Out

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service, Technical Service Center
Phone: 402-221-7400 (24-hour hotline: 800-233-3935)
USDA provides two free downloadable fact sheets at the following website:
www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Emergency_Preparedness_Fact_Sheets

Food Safety

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Food Protection Program

305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: 617-983-6700
Website: www.mass.gov/dph/fpp
This agency is responsible for state food safety regulations and resources as well as preventing and investigating foodborne illness outbreaks. The website provides food safety information for food service operations and consumers.

University of Massachusetts Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP)
Website: www.umass.edu/umext/nutrition/programs/food_safety/resources/index.html
The UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) and the Massachusetts Partnership for Food Safety Education food safety education resources and programs for consumers and professionals. Many materials are available in multiple languages.

Gateway to Government Food Safety Information
Website: www.foodsafety.gov
This website provides food safety advice for consumers and food service professionals. It also links to food safety alerts and food product recalls.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Phone: 888-INFO-FDA (888-463-6332)
USDA provides two free downloadable booklets at the following websites:

Caregiving

Family Caregiver Alliance
Phone: 800-445-8106 or 415-434-3388
Email: info@caregiver.org
Website: www.caregiver.org
This website offers advice on caring for older adults, and information on nursing facilities and residential care. It has fact sheets in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

National Eldercare Locator
Phone: 800-677-1116
Website: www.eldercare.gov
This website helps people locate programs and services. The Resources section has fact sheets on adult day care, assisted living, home health care, home modifications, hospice and respite care, and government-assisted housing.

National Family Caregivers Association
Phone: 800-896-3650
Email: info@thefamilycaregiver.org
Website: www.nfcacares.org
This website mostly links to other websites and organizations. The Education and Support section has tips to care for older adults. Other materials are available for sale.

Rutgers University Cooperative Research and Extension
The Caring Connection – Fact Sheets for Caregivers
Website: www.rce.rutgers.edu/pubs/subcategory.asp?cat=10&sub=68
This website has fact sheets with resources and information on caregiving, and tips for caregivers to take care of themselves.

U.S. Administration on Aging
National Family Caregiver Support Program

Phone: 202-619-0724
Website: www.aoa.gov/prof/aoaprog/caregiver/caregiver.asp
This website provides caregiver resource information in different languages.

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Developed for the Massachusetts Department of Education Child and Adult Care Food Program by the University of Massachusetts Extension Nutrition Education Program. Permission is hereby granted by the Massachusetts Department of Education to copy any or all parts of this document for non-commercial educational purposes. The Massachusetts Department of Education, an Affirmative Action employer, is committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the public. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

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