The Voice of Poverty and Disability

Home The Voice of Poverty and Disability

Are Your Grandparents Going Hungry?

  • Jefferson23 (3065 posts)
    Profile photo of Jefferson23

    Are Your Grandparents Going Hungry?

    A startling number of seniors of all income levels are malnourished.
    By Joan Salge Blake, Contributor | March 3, 2017, at 11:14 a.m. 

    Palm Beach County, Florida, is the home of the rich and famous, with over 15 billionaires calling it home, according to BizJournal. The median household income is over $53,000, about $10,000 more than in sunny Tampa to the north.
    So the question is: Why has there been a 27 percent increase in the number of Palm Beach seniors using benefits from SNAP – which stands for “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” and was formerly known as “food stamps” – to get food on the dinner table? Even more astonishing, almost 50 percent of seniors living in Palm Beach County chronically don’t have enough food to eat and qualify for SNAP, but don’t use the benefit.
    I was speechless when I read these shocking statistics in a recent report called “Hunger in Older Adults,” which was spearheaded by Meals on Wheels America. The report estimated that more than 10 million older Americans (16 percent of older adults) experience hunger annually. Here’s the real shock: Some of these folks have incomes above the poverty level. Some older adults may not be “poor” as defined by the poverty line, but they still may not have enough money to purchase – or lack the ability to shop or prepare – healthy foods on a regular basis.
    “Financial limitations are the key cause of food insecurity among older adults,” Angel Planells, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told me. “These folks are trying to stretch their food budget to get the most bang for their buck.” Unfortunately, they may be purchasing cheaper, less nutritious foods down the snack food aisle to feed their hunger rather than selecting healthier items in the produce aisle. Skipping meals, which can also negatively affect the quality of seniors’ diets, is another strategy that older adults may use to stretch their fixed incomes.

    in full: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2017-03-03/are-your-grandparents-going-hungry

     

    Dragonfli, Art from Ark, Enthusiast and 6 othersVoiceOfReason, Mom Cat, Eggar, Haikugal, xynthee, Doremus Jessup like this

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

▼ Hide Reply Index
7 replies
  • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
    Profile photo of VoiceOfReason Banned

    1. The price of fresh fruit and healthy foods

    is too costly even for the middle class.

    Frozen burritos rule.

    "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
  • Enthusiast (6628 posts)
    Profile photo of Enthusiast Donor

    2. What a country!

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • Art from Ark (1964 posts)
      Profile photo of Art from Ark

      3. And the thing is, in order to qualify for SSI,

      you can’t have more than $2000 cash on hand (in the bank and at home). And no life insurance.

       

      The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
      • Enthusiast (6628 posts)
        Profile photo of Enthusiast Donor

        5. Yeah. It's just sickening.

        "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
        • Art from Ark (1964 posts)
          Profile photo of Art from Ark

          7. It really is

          It’s like the government wants old people to die penniless.

          The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
  • Dragonfli (832 posts)
    Profile photo of Dragonfli Donor

    4. Thank you for posting, this is becoming a very serious problem

    It needs all the attention it can get, unfortunately, things will only get worse if Trump has his druthers.

    “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall

      

      

    • Enthusiast (6628 posts)
      Profile photo of Enthusiast Donor

      6. Heartless assholes. Ayn Randians.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church