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Background: Older adults have unique nutritional needs due to physiologic changes that occur as part of the normal aging process. Maintaining adequate nutrition has the potential to reduce morbidity and mortality related to chronic disease, fall risk, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Aging also poses an increased risk of isolation and lack of social interaction, particularly noted at meal times. Unintentional weight loss is an independent risk factor for early mortality. Social eating is related to higher food intake, and meal programs can improve nutritional risk for vulnerable seniors. We partnered with the Cathedral Square Corporation (CSC) to assess nutrition and social eating in residents at Heineberg Senior Housing in Burlington, VT and conducted focus groups to determine general nutritional concerns and evaluate potential interventions.
Margaret Holmes, Cathedral Square Corporation
Tom Delaney, PhD, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Molly Dugan, Cathedral Square Corporation
Jennifer Hunter, Cathedral Square Corporation
Patricia Berry, MPH, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Cathedral Square Corporation
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Cappelletti, Carl; Corse, Lindsay; Kinney, Aaron; Lapalme, Suleiman; Sandygren, Nolan; Scribner, Danielle; Stump, Mariah; Delaney, Tom; Holmes, Margaret; Dugan, Molly; and Berry, Patricia, "Nutrition and Social Eating Habits Among Seniors Living Independently" (2010). Public Health Projects, 2008-present. 34.