Research is needed to assess the unique nutrition and wellness needs of aging Californians
Mary L. Blackburn, UC Cooperative Extension
Barbara Gillogy, American River College
Peggy Hauselt, California State University
California Agriculture 64(4):167-173. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v064n04p167.
Inadequate diet and nutrition can contribute to or exacerbate chronic and acute diseases, hasten the development of degenerative diseases associated with aging, and delay recovery from illness. No single segment of society can benefit more from improved diet and nutrition, and regular exercise, than the elderly. While links between diet, exercise and chronic-disease risks are well documented, more research is needed on how best to use quality-of-life approaches and perceived benefits as motivators for behavior change among the elderly. This report explores how physiological components affect the nutrition and wellness of seniors, puts into context the status of related research, and helps establish a framework to reassess UC Cooperative Extension priorities for applied research, education and outreach to California's elderly population.
M.L. Blackburn is Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Alameda County; B. Gillogy is Chair, Gerontology Department, American River College, Sacramento; P. Hauselt is Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Anthropology and Geography, California State University, Stanislaus.
We acknowledge the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research for the use of their Health of Older Californians data. Funding was provided by the UC ANR Aging Californians in Rural and Urban Settings Workgroup.