Nutrition for the Mature Adult
Why a Registered Dietitian (RD) can help?
- You want to eat smarter. An RD can help you sort through misinformation; learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive; learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan and how to resist workplace temptations.
- You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, or kidney problems. An RD serves as an integral part of your healthcare team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
- You have digestive problems or other medical problems. An RD will work with your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition.
- You're caring for an aging parent. An RD can help with food or drug interactions, proper hydration, special diets for blood pressure issues and changing taste buds.
- You need to gain or lose weight. An RD can suggest addition calorie sources for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calore eating plan plus regular physical activity for weight loss while still eating all your favorite foods.
Central Vermont Council on Aging
Central Vermont Council on Aging allows you to explore options that will help you age with independence and dignity in the setting of your choice. Their program supports independence, self-choice and security for elders through a variety of programs and services. Senior Meals/Food
Healthy Aging® is a national health initiative developed to help individuals think more positively about growing older. Defines the best there is about aging, the positive physical, mental, social and financial aspects of growing older. The Healthy Aging® Campaign is part of the ETNET non-profit initiative and provides a unique opportunity for organizations and individuals to help spread the word about successful aging. Vermont Specific section of website.
Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA)
The State of Vermont designated CVAA as the Area Agency on Aging for Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties in northwestern Vermont. CVAA provides nutrition and supportive services to seniors. They take direction from the older people they serve. They do not charge for any services provided, but they do encourage people to contribute toward the cost of the service if they are able.
Here is a resource guide which contains a comprehensive listing of local agencies, programs, services and resources for older adults in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties.
Here is a list of events in Vermont which you can participate in, the list includes activities such as yoga, tai chi, workshops, luncheons, book clubs, etc.
Contact a registered dietitian who will come to your home and assist you with your nutritional concerns: Call 1-800-642-5119 or visit website.
Meals on Wheels- Vermont
Meals on Wheels, provides nutritious meals to older adults who are unable to prepare their own meals or to attend the community meal at one of our 14 mealsites. Meals include fruits and vegetables, dairy and grains, and a protein. Fresh local foods are frequently prepared, and all menus are dietitian approved.
Find and contact your nearest Meals on Wheels location here to start getting meals delivered to your home.
Homer Gere has volunteered as a delivery driver for Meals On Wheels for many years. His son Richard has helped in joining the fight against Senior Hunger: (youtube link)
Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living
The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is working to make Vermont the best state in which to grow old or to live with a disability ~ with dignity, respect and independence. The department includes four divisions including- Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Disability and Aging Services, Licensing and Protection, Vocational Rehabilitation.
In Vermont, 20% of dairy farms were organic in 2009.