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Authors

  1. Chao, Shirley PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
  2. Corish, Clare A. PhD, RD, FINDI
  3. Keller, Heather PhD, RD, FDC, FCAHS
  4. Rasmussen, Helen PhD, RDN, FAND
  5. Arensberg, Mary Beth PhD, RDN, FAND
  6. Dwyer, Johanna T. DSc, RDN

Abstract

The World Health Organization's Decade of Healthy Aging began in 2020. This article focuses on nutrition's role in healthy aging with examples of older adult nutrition programs in Canada, the European Union, and the United States, including work of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force, the European Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. These programs have integrated screening for frailty and malnutrition into older adult care across the spectrum of settings, which has become increasingly important during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This article demonstrates the important role of nutrition in promoting healthy aging.