More seniors go hungry in the U.S. than you might think
One in 12 American seniors do not have access to sufficient food due to shortage of financial resources or because they live in remote or especially poor areas of the country, according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky. An analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that seniors who were faced with so-called “food insecurity” had a higher incidence of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, gum disease and other health issues. The number of food insecure seniors has more than doubled over the past decade, and researchers recommend that officials focus their efforts on increasing involvement in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with seniors. Take a look at these 19 Free Services for Seniors and Their Caregivers, for ways to help you and your loved one save money.