Hidden Hunger in Aging


for Members

Hidden Hunger: Solutions for America’s Aging Population

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036


Micronutrient deficiency in older adults—often termed “hidden hunger”— is caused by a number of biological and environmental factors that may not be immediately obvious to health care providers. As a result, the condition is not well diagnosed or documented. This one-day event, designed for public health officials, healthcare practitioners, and scientists interested in elder nutrition, will focus on our current understanding of hidden hunger in the U.S. and highlight the role of policies to encourage quality health care practices that focus on promoting adequate nutrition in the elderly.


Scientific Organizing Committee

Hidden Hunger in Aging
Manfred Eggersdorfer, PhD (DSM)
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Gordon Jensen, MD, PhD (UVM College of Medicine)
Hidden Hunger in Aging
Simin Meydani, DMV, PhD (Tufts University)
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Keri Marshall, MS, ND (DSM)
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Duffy MacKay, ND (CRN)
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Katherine Tucker, PhD (UMass Lowell)
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Julie Shlisky, PhD (Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science)
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Megan Bourassa, PhD (Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science)




March 23, 2018

9:00 AM

Welcome and Conference Objectives


Manfred Eggersdorfer, PhD

Session 1: Unique dietary needs and challenges meeting these needs for the 65+ population

9:10 AM

Keynote Presentation: Size and scope of the challenge: demographics, chronic disease role and nutrition disparities


Simin Meydani, DVM, PhD
Tufts University
9:45 AM

Key nutrients in the fight against Hidden Hunger


Katherine Tucker, PhD
UMass Lowell
10:10 AM

Defining hidden hunger in the elderly with overweight and obesity, diets low in quality – not necessarily in quantity


Reagan Bailey, PhD, MPH, RD
Purdue University
10:35 AM

Morning Networking Break

10:55 AM

Q&A and Panel discussion

Session 2: Strategies and interventions to diagnose and address hidden hunger in the 65+ population

11:40 AM

Review of current and innovative programs to diagnose hidden hunger, with measureable outcomes


Mary Ann Johnson, PhD
University of Georgia
12:05 PM

Unique strategies for nutrient deficiencies in disease states and aging. Supplements with proven efficacy, and at what levels?


Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD
Tufts University
12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Food intervention efficacy, improving diet and nutrition quality for the elderly, where are the gaps?


Ucheoma Akobundu, PhD, RD
Meals on Wheels
1:55 PM

Q&A and Panel discussion

Session 3: Bringing Attention to Policy Makers and Public Health Experts

2:40 PM

Presentation 1: TBD

3:05 PM

Presentation 2: TBD


Bob Blancato, MPA
Matz, Blancato and Associates
3:30 PM

Presentation 3: TBD

3:55 PM

Q&A and Panel discussion

4:40 PM

Closing Remarks


Gilles Bergeron, PhD
The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science