Millions of seniors in the U.S. experience food insecurity. As the senior population grows, so will the challenge of ensuring older adults have access to enough nutritious food. Economic constraints lead some seniors to eat less and/or skip meals. Food insecurity negatively impacts health and complicates seniors’ ability to maintain good health while aging. While many programs exist to support seniors, more must be done to address senior food insecurity in the U.S.
Feeding America, the nations largest domestic hunger relief organization, recently released The State of Senior Hunger in America, an annual report that documents the prevalence and demographics of seniors experiencing food insecurity, including rates for all 50 states and Washington D.C. The report shows that seniors struggling with hunger are:
- 78% more likely to experience depression
- 40% more likely to report chest pain
- 55% more likely to develop asthma
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