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from the association ADA REPORTS Position Paper of the American Dietetic Association Nutrition Across the Spectrum of Aging ABSTRACT It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that older Americans receive appropriate care have broadened access to coordinated comprehensive food and nutrition services and receive the benefits of ongoing research to identify the most effective food and nutrition programs interventions and therapies across the spectrum of aging Food and water and nutritional wellbeing are essential to the health selfsufficiency and quality of life for the fast growing heterogeneous multiracial and ethnic populations of older adults Many people as they age remain fully independent and actively engaged in their communities however others fare less well and need more support A broad array of appropriate culturally sensitive food and nutrition services physical activities and health and supportive care customized to the population of older adults are necessary National state and local policies that promote coordination and integration of food and nutrition services into health and supportive systems are needed to maintain independence functional ability chronic disease management and quality of life Dietetics professionals can take the lead by researching and developing national state and local collaborative networks to incorporate effectively the food and nutrition services across the spectrum of aging J Am Diet Assoc 2005 105 616 633 POSITION STATEMENT It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that older 0002 8223 05 10504 0019 30 00 0 doi 10 1016 j jada 2005 02 026 616 Americans receive appropriate care have broadened access to coordinated comprehensive food and nutrition services and receive the benefits of ongoing research to identify the most effective food and nutrition programs interventions and therapies across the spectrum of aging he enjoyment of food and nutritional well being along with other environmental factors has



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