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Nutrients 2018, 10(9), 1210;

Hidden Hunger: Solutions for America’s Aging Populations

DSM Nutritional Products AG, Human Nutrition and Health, 4002 Basel, Switzerland
Department of Healthy Ageing, University Medical Center Groningen, 9713 GZ Groningen, The Netherlands
Meals on Wheels, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, The New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY 10007, USA
Department of Nutrition, UC Davis, Davis, CA 95616, USA
National Coordinator, Defeat Malnutrition Today, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405, USA
Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583, USA
Council for Responsible Nutrition, Washington, DC 20036, USA
DSM Nutritional Products, Columbia, MD 21045, USA
Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
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Received: 10 August 2018 / Revised: 24 August 2018 / Accepted: 30 August 2018 / Published: 1 September 2018
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The global population, including the United States, is experiencing a demographic shift with the proportion of older adults (aged ≥ 65 years) growing faster than any other age group. This demographic group is at higher risk for developing nutrition-related chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes as well as infections such as influenza and pneumonia. As a result, an emphasis on nutrition is instrumental for disease risk reduction. Unfortunately, inadequate nutrient status or deficiency, often termed hidden hunger, disproportionately affects older adults because of systematic healthcare, environmental, and biological challenges. This report summarizes the unique nutrition challenges facing the aging population and identifies strategies, interventions, and policies to address hidden hunger among the older adults, discussed at the scientific symposium “Hidden Hunger: Solutions for America’s Aging Population”, on March 23, 2018. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition; older adults; health; policy nutrition; older adults; health; policy
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Eggersdorfer, M.; Akobundu, U.; Bailey, R.L.; Shlisky, J.; Beaudreault, A.R.; Bergeron, G.; Blancato, R.B.; Blumberg, J.B.; Bourassa, M.W.; Gomes, F.; Jensen, G.; Johnson, M.A.; Mackay, D.; Marshall, K.; Meydani, S.N.; Tucker, K.L. Hidden Hunger: Solutions for America’s Aging Populations. Nutrients 2018, 10, 1210.

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