To increase food and nutrition services in home and community-based social, health, and long-term care systems serving older adults.
The Center promotes active healthy aging by working to reduce nutrition risk among older adults, especially minorities with health disparities. The goals are to support quality of life, improve functionality, promote independence, and decrease early nursing home admissions and hospitalizations, through better nutrition.
The Center, with funding primarily from the US Administration on Aging, assists Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs that includes 4000+ Title III local providers, 655 area agencies on aging, 57 state units on aging, and 233 tribes and tribal organizations of American Indians and Alaskan Natives and 2 organizations of Native Hawaiians under Title VI, and other organizations. Older Americans Nutrition Programs serve about 250 million congregate and in-home meals to about 2.6 million older adults annually.
The Center encourages risk-based nutrition screening to identify and serve the neediest, provides technical training, disseminates timely information, and conducts policy analysis and outcomes research. The Center's applied, community-based research has fostered vital links among faculty researchers, local nutrition service providers, older adults, and caregivers.