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Reporting on food insecurity and older adults

The problem of food insecurity is growing worse as our population ages and socioeconomic disparities increase.

Food insecurity is not just worrying about getting the next meal. It is a strong predictor of chronic disease and diabetes, heart disease, stroke and lung disease, say the experts at Meals on Wheels America. Older adults already have higher health care costs and take more medications compared with the rest of the population; these economic realities really squeeze low-income older adults. In addition to worsening physical health problems, poor nutrition can also contribute to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

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