Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. The chapter includes special nutritional considerations relating to meeting the needs for vitamins B 12 and D, chronic disease, texture modifications, and recognizing the influence of ethnic and religious tradition on food choices. The chapter ends with the identification of key foods and nutrients that should be either encouraged or limited.
Good food has always been a priority for Vyrl Robinson. She learned to cook for a crowd as the youngest of 10 children. When she and her husband built their house in Burlington, Massachusetts, she planted a large garden and made her own preserves. So she was one of the best customers at the free weekly farmers market that the Burlington Council on Aging organized last year. She has back problems and emphysema and has had more than one heart attack. So she relies a bit more on the Meals on Wheels delivered to her door. Now nutrition researchers at Tufts are joining a nationwide effort to address the problem, including educating baby boomers about the importance of diet long before they are living alone or dealing with physical limitations.