HUNGER IN THE ELDERLY

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HUNGER IN THE ELDERLY

“The NFESH report’s findings aren’t earth-shattering–it makes sense that seniors who can’t afford or acquire nutritional foods would experience negative health consequences, but they do spotlight a growing problem. The number of seniors who are food insecure has doubled in the last decade and, given the aging of the American population, is likely to only get larger in the future.

“Many factors contribute to seniors’ ability to age well, and food insecurity must be considered one of these variables,” say study authors, who underline the positive aspects of initiatives such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). They also discuss the benefits of home-delivery programs like Meals-on-Wheels for elders who are homebound.

 

 

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