Food and Nutrition for Older Adults

Major Recommendations (2012)


Recommendations are categorized in terms of either conditional or imperative statements. While conditional statements clearly define a specific situation, imperative statements are broadly applicable to the target population and do not impose restraints on their application.

Conditional recommendations are presented in an if/then format, such that:


Fulfillment of the condition triggers one or more guideline-specified actions. In contrast, imperative recommendations include terms such as “require, ” “must, ” and “should, ” and do not contain conditional text that would limit their applicability to specified circumstances.

Resources Available with Each Recommendation

In addition to the recommendation statement and strength rating, you will find on each recommendation page:

  • A brief narrative summary of the evidence analyzed to reach the recommendation
  • A statement of justification, or reason for the strength of the recommendation
  • Detailed information on the evidence supporting the recommendations and background narrative (available in the Supporting Evidence section toward the bottom of each recommendation page)
  • A reference list at the end of each recommendation page that includes all the sources used in the evidence analysis for the particular recommendation (each reference is hyperlinked to a summary of the article analyzed in the evidence analysis).

Below you will find a list of the Food and Nutrition in the Older Adult to Promote Health and Wellness Recommendations. 

To see the Recommendation Summary, just click on the Recommendation title.   

Food and Nutrition for Older Adults to Promote Health and Wellness Recommendations

Nutrition Assessment

Food and Nutrition for Older Adults (FNOA): Weight Management in the Older Adult

FNOA: Considerations for Weight Management in the Older Adult

FNOA: Use Multiple Assessment Indicators for Classification of Overweight/Obesity

Nutrition Intervention

Food and Nutrition for Older Adults (FNOA): USDA and OAA Programs for Older Adults

FNOA: Screen for USDA and OAA Program Eligibility

FNOA: Encourage Participation in USDA and OAA Programs


Food and Nutrition for Older Adults (FNOA): Antioxidant Consumption and Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Cognitive Function in Older Adults

FNOA: Encourage DRI for All Older Adults

FNOA: Collaborate with Others Regarding Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

FNOA: Advise Against Antioxidants for Treatment of Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer's Disease