Older adults: what to consider as part of food aid programmes

How can food aid programmes help older adults?

  • Food aid programmes, particularly those who deliver home-based meals, have found to improve diet quality, nutritional status, food insecurity and nutritional risk in older adults.
  • They also help older adults to increase their independence, socialise and improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

Nutritional risk of frail or malnourished older adults

For older adults who may be frail, malnourished, have swallowing or other problems that may affect their appetite and food intake consider providing foods that are easy to swallow and chew. These can include:

  • Soft textured foods like pureed foods and meals (e.g., mashed potatoes)
  • Liquid foods like soups or thickened drinks (e.g., smoothies)
  • Soft-texture and nutrient-dense snacks like yogurts and smooth puddings
  • Ready-to-eat meals
  • Plenty of drinks and access to water (also provide drinks with different flavours and straws to drink the fluids)
  • Foods in the right temperature (hot or cold) according to individual’s