Senior Hunger: The Human Toll and Budget Consequences

Source: Older Americans Act, A Report from Chairman Bernard Sanders
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, June 21, 2011

In the United States of America, no senior citizen should go hungry. Unfortunately, hunger among our elderly population is a growing crisis–hunger rates have more than doubled for poor seniors in the United States in recent years. According to a 2009 study, there are over 5 million seniors who face the threat of hunger, almost 3 million seniors who are at risk of going hungry, and almost 1 million seniors who do go hungry because they cannot afford to buy food.

It is important not only from a moral perspective but also from a financial perspective that every senior in America has access to adequate nutrition. Persistent hunger and malnutrition lead to multiple chronic diseases that result in expensive hospitalizations and nursing home or other long-term care placements.
See also:
Older Americans Act: More Should Be Done To Measure The Extent Of Unmet Need For Service
Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-11-237, February 28, 2011

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