Policy and Legislation
National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging
reviews nutrition and aging public policy and legislation
and provides guidance to the Aging Network on a number of
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Town Hall Listening Sessions in 2003 Session
listened to older people, their families and caregivers,
along with members of the Aging Services Network.
Past sessions: Miami Beach, FL 1/31; Chicago, IL
3/15; Orange County, CA 4/23, Baltimore, MD 7/16.
Testimony provided by Center staff Heidi Siver,
PhD, RD, CNSD, addressed nutrition issues. Key
points: help integrate AoA funded services into
home and community-based services (HCBS) by
including nutrition services for older adults
and their caregivers; recommended that the aging
network continue providing the full array of
nutrition services (meals, nutrition screening,
education, and counseling) in adult day programs;
emphasized the need for outcomes research to
identify the best types of nutrition interventions
for caregivers. The quality of HCBS and the
health and quality of life of caregivers and
older adults can be improved and health care
expenditures can be reduced by increasing access
to nutrition services. The Center will facilitate
testimony for future Town Hall Listening Sessions.
testimony provided by Diane Slezak, Deputy
Director, Suburban Area Agency on Aging, Oak
Park, IL submitted written testimony on revitalizing
the congregate nutrition program at the AoA
Town Hall Listening Session in Chicago, March
15, 2003. Assistance was provided by the Center.
11, 2003 public hearing: Fitness and Nutrition:
The Prescription for Healthy Aging. Senator
Larry Craig, Committee Chair, encouraged
senior citizens to take care of their
health through eating well and taking
care of their physical health. Jane V.
White, PhD, RD, FADA, presented testimony
on behalf of the Nutrition Screening Initiative.
Linda Netterville, MA, RD, President of
the Meals on Wheels Association of America,
also presented testimony (See below).
The National Policy and Resource Center
on Nutrition and Aging provided written
testimony and brochures about Steps
to Healthy Aging: Eating Better, Moving
on Wheels Association of America
Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs