The Facts Behind Senior Hunger
Nearly one in every six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don’t have access to the healthiest possible food options. The issue is severe enough that the AARP reports that seniors face a healthcare bill of more than $130 billion every year due to medical issues stemming from senior hunger.
Seniors in the Boston area who received meals at home through programs like Mobile Meals had fewer emergency department visits and fewer hospital admissions than their peers who didn’t get the meals, leading to lower medical spending overall, researchers report in Health Affairs.
For more information on senior hunger, please visit the National Council For Aging Care.