Health and Nutrition
The purpose of nutrition services for Iowa’s older adults is to:
- Reduce hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition
- Promote socialization of older individuals
- Promote health and well-being with access to nutrition & health promotion/disease prevention services to delay onset of chronic diseases
Iowa has a meal program available for those age 60 or older, their spouse, and, in some cases, those younger than age 60 with disabilities. Individuals may voluntarily contribute towards the cost of the meal. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to inquire about locations and availability.
- Condition of Iowa's Congregate Meal Program (December 2018)
- HF 2463 Analysis of Meal Programs Coordinated by Iowa's Area Agencies on Aging (2014)
You can access 1-on-1 nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian to discuss specific dietary needs and concerns.
Nutrition Education Resources
Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury death among Iowans 65 or older. However, falls can be prevented and do not have to be a “normal” part of aging.
The Iowa Café is a new, innovative partnership between local Area Agencies on Aging and licensed foodservices establishments like restaurants, food trucks, cafés, convenience stores, and grocery stores with hot and cold food options.
To participate in The Iowa Café, individuals must be 60 years of age or older, or a spouse of an eligible individual regardless of age. Meals are provided on a voluntary contribution basis, and individuals will be given the opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the meal.
Current Iowa Café and Encore Café sites
Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Connections Area Agency on Aging
Milestones Area Agency on Aging
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
- Oral Health Iowa—The Iowa Department on Aging is an active member of the coalition to assure optimal oral health for aging Iowans.
- ISmile Silver
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Data Navigator
- CISS Final Report - Infographic
- Food Bank Association Final Report - Infographic
- Nutrition and Aging Resource Center
- State of Iowa Department on Health and Human Services: How to Apply for Food and Financial Support, Rent Assistance, Health Care and Other Resources
Connect with your local AAA for more information.