Seniors Eating Well
These lessons were designed to reach older adults at places they congregate— senior centers, low-income housing community centers, and other senior housing centers. They can also be used with middle-older adults (aged 50-65) at work sites, clubs, churches, or other organizations. Most are designed to be presented by para-professionals—educators with no academic degree in nutrition, but rather trained by nutrition professionals about senior nutrition needs in general and how to present these lessons. They can also be used by family consumer science and nutrition educators as “pick up and go” lesson plans. Lastly, nurses, staff from aging services, or volunteers can be trained to use these lessons.
Each lesson includes all the information you need—lesson plans, overheads or Power Point slides, handouts, evaluation tools, and references. The topics were all picked to be of interest to seniors by seniors, and by the aging and health care professionals who serve them. Most have recipes to make and taste-test. Many have an educational game format to make it fun and interesting. We find that seniors respond well to educators who facilitate discussions, ask questions and engage them, but still clearly express the underlying educational need that ties better nutrition to better health and disease prevention.
Each lesson takes roughly 45 minutes to present. They can be taught individually or as a series. All lessons were piloted by multiple nutrition educators and updated with 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines, MyPlate, and evaluation tools. In the Table of Contents they are grouped by educational themes with the program titles listed afterward. The educational matrix in the appendix shows how each lesson’s objectives conform with the U.S. 2010 Dietary Guidelines and Penn State Nutrition, Diet, and Health Plan of Work Indicators. The pilots have shown positive impact—by increasing knowledge, skills/abilities, intent to change behaviors, and behavior change using 3-6 month follow-up surveys. Significant differences have been demonstrated by matching individuals’ pre- and post-behaviors using student t-tests.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Overview
Meal Planning and Decision Making Programs:
- Lesson 1 – Great Grain Discoveries
- Lesson 2 – All Star Senior Snacks
- Lesson 3 – Heart Healthy Meals
Food Preparation Programs:
- Lesson 4 – Cooking and Seasoning with Herbs
- Lesson 5 – Savory Soups
Additional Handout - Double Strength Calcium Recipes
Social Relationships and Fitness Program:
- Lesson 6 – Fitness Fun
Diet, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention Programs:
- Lesson 7 – Evaluating Dietary Supplements for Seniors
- Lesson 8 – Dietary Fat—Fact or Fiction?
- Lesson 9 – New Concepts in Weight Control—Energy Density
- 2010 Educational Planning Matrix: U.S. 2010 Dietary Guidelines, Lesson Objectives
- Post Survey Example
- Sample Excel Spreadsheet for Data Collection
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