Toolkit: Emerging Learnings About Nutrition Status, COVID-19, and Nutrition Education in Older Adults

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a disruptive force for senior nutrition program providers. However, this disruption provides a great opportunity for learning and advancing innovative practice. Over the course of this year, one of the important opportunities realized is the renewed focus on the nutrition needs of older adults, and the impact of nutrition on overall health, wellbeing, and functionality. Attendees took stock of emerging learnings about the COVID-19 public health emergency, and the nutrition status of older adults. They also gained insights into how nutrition professionals can pivot to meet the nutrition education needs of older adults. Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in a follow-up Converse and Connect virtual session on December 16 to discuss how to apply nutrition education lessons learned in their day-to-day work.

In this webinar attendees:
• Explored risk factors that make older adults vulnerable to COVID-19;
• Examined emerging research on the impact of dietary intake on immune function in older adults;
• Described effective, targeted nutrition education techniques and tools for senior nutrition program clients.


  • Sarah Booth, PhD, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
  • Susan Saffel-Shrier, MS, RDN, CD, University of Utah

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