Better Nutrition Program for Older Adults

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May 17, 2016 |

“Next Steps to Better Nutrition” Program for Older Adults

The Next Steps to Better Nutrition program was developed by the National Council on Aging and the American Heart Association to teach older adults about better nutrition. The program focuses on the relationship between nutrition and chronic disease.

The program consists of a 6 hour-long modules. The modules cover how older adults can afford, purchase, and cook more nutritious foods. Participants discover how they can take concrete action steps to improve their diet and keep their heart healthy. Each module includes related teaching materials, video presentations, facilitator scripts, and handouts. Most handouts include Spanish versions.

These training modules can be used to deliver nutrition education in senior centers and other community organizations.

The complete set of nutrition education modules is available to download below.

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Marin Community Foundation Healthy Eating Active Living Community Needs Assessment

MCF HEAL Study

The Marin Community Foundation recently presented the results of this study to help guide the work of the AAI Nutrition Workgroup. While the primary purpose of the study was to guide MCF grantmaking, the foundation coordinated its efforts with the County’s Area Agency on Aging and is making its data available to the public.

Here are a few sample findings related to older adult nutrition:

46% of respondents below the Elder Index report running out of money for food each month compared to 7% of older adults above the Elder Index (Marin County Aging and Adult Services Needs Assessment, (2015).

Respondents below the Elder Index are 2.2 times more likely to report eating alone most of the time than those above the Elder Index (Marin County Aging and Adult Services Needs Assessment, 2015)

For more information . . .

  • Click here to view the full report and data appendix
  • Click here to view the summary presentation of findings
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Advocate for Food Policy & SSI Reform

Advocates on a bus

Get on the bus! April 28, 2016 |

Help Marin join the statewide CA4SSI effort to lift SSI recipients out of poverty

SSI reform is needed! Join us for a trip to Sacramento to testify at a CA Senate budget hearing about SSI/SSP. We need to ask our state leaders to raise benefit amounts!

The issue
Did you know that $889 is the maximum monthly benefit for an individual living on SSI/SSP? SSI, Supplemental Security Income, is income assistance for people who are 65+, blind, or disabled. That’s below the Federal Poverty Level, and less than half of what an average 1BR apartment costs in Marin! It’s nowhere near enough to make ends meet. There are 3,700 people living on SSI/SSP in Marin, and 1,300 are above the age of 65. SSI reform is needed.

The AAI Event
Get on the bus! On April 28th the CA Senate is holding a Budget Hearing on this issue. It’s our opportunity to tell them how hard it is to make ends meet on $889 a month, and to urge them to restore the cuts that have been made since 2009.
The AAI Nutrition Group will be providing a bus (and lunch) to take advocates to Sacramento on April 28th to attend a Senate Budget Committee meeting where SSI will be discussed.

What we’re asking the Legislature to do
Since 2009, SSI/SSP benefit amounts have been cut, while the cost of living has increased. No cost of living adjustment has been given for 7 years. We are requesting that the CA Legislature restore both the grant cuts and the cost of living adjustment. Please join us!

Reserve your spot on the bus!
Contact Becky Gershon
bgershon@sfmfoodbank.org
(415) 282-1900 (x317)
Lunch and snacks will be provided

For more information
Download the event flyer here
Read about our request to the California State Legislature here
Visit the CA4SSI coalition website here

About Aging Action Initiative
The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MarinSpace.

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