Hunger does not discriminate. Food insecurity is a lack of regular access to the food necessary for an active, healthy life.
Senior citizens are as vulnerable to food insecurity as any other age group. Reports suggest that more than 10 million U.S. seniors experience food insecurity.
Seniors may lack the financial means to afford healthy food choices, at times forced to choose between food and medical care. Even seniors with the financial means to afford nutritious food may not have the ability to get it from the grocery store – or the skills to prepare it once they have it.
A study from Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger reports that food-insecure seniors are more likely to experience depression, heart problems and asthma. A poor diet can also lead to blood pressure issues.
ProHealth’s in-home care providers are trained to identify a variety of health needs, including food security. If food security is an issue, we can help connect patients and their families to the resources they need to ensure they’re getting the quality, nutritious food needed to maintain and improve their health.
Here are some additional resources aimed at fighting senior hunger from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Administration for Community Living.
- Child and Adult Care Feeding Program: Provides funding to facilities providing meals to seniors.
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program: Gives monthly food packages to low-income seniors.
- Elderly Nutrition Program: Issues grants for home-delivered meals such as Meals on Wheels.
- Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program: Gives coupons for food at farmers’ markets.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Provides card to buy food at the grocery store.
For information on ProHealth’s home health services for seniors, including physician house calls and in-home physical therapy, contact us here.