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Why Hungry Seniors Aren't Getting Enough To Eat


Society & Culture  (tags: hungry, seniors, food, hunger, society, politics, ethics, americans, law, health, government )

Cal
- 47 days ago - npr.org
When we picture hungry Americans, we may see the faces of children, or single moms. But many of the people who struggle to fill their bellies are beyond age 65. Some of them are even malnourished



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Teresa W. (691)
Friday August 15, 2014, 3:59 am
very sad
 

Lone F. (32)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:39 am
Thank you Cal for sharing this very important story. This group of people often fall under the radar and are overlooked or neglected.
 

Birgitta S. (235)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:52 am
Lone F. said it.. Very, Very Sad... :-(

the same happenin in my country, as well... :-(
 

Angelika Kempter (82)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:56 am
Noted,thank you Cal
 

John S. (304)
Friday August 15, 2014, 5:11 am
Noted, many are unable to shop or prepare their own food (I'm not elderly, but my MS has the same impact). Perhaps neighbors should be more attentive, some day it could (most likely) be them.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Friday August 15, 2014, 6:26 am
No surprise here . . . . very sad to say the least.
 

Marianne R. (101)
Friday August 15, 2014, 9:04 am
Not really surprised. Our government seems to want to spend it's money outside our borders...
 

GGmaSheila D. (171)
Friday August 15, 2014, 11:36 am
One thing I noticed not mentioned is lack of money...also that meals on wheels charges in many places. Seniors who get SNAP saw their allotments go down each of the last few years. Meaning that they have to spend more cash, which they usually don't have an excess of, for food. Our local meals on wheels charges a sliding fee scale but you still have to pay something.

In case you have forgotten, or never knew, in the 60s many seniors actually ate canned dog food because it was so cheap and they thought that it had all the nutrients needed for humans...
 

Heidi Wood (16)
Friday August 15, 2014, 12:17 pm
GGmaSheila, in class we heard that a lot of them still do. It's a shame!
 

Birgit W. (145)
Friday August 15, 2014, 12:55 pm
Very sad, but not surprising. Thank you.
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Friday August 15, 2014, 1:33 pm
So sad :(
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:45 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. GGmaSheila said it all for me.....SNAP is reduced, but the wars rage on. I live in an upside-down world.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday August 15, 2014, 5:01 pm
Noted. Many seniors have no one checking on them to make sure they are eating properly and taking their medicine. They can do downhill very fast.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Friday August 15, 2014, 6:06 pm
According to Feeding America, a national food assistance organization, seniors are among the most food insecure of all people in the U.S.; one in three recurrent food bank clients is 60 or older.

Shameful. And DC has wanted to cut back the meager Social Security checks, has cut back on Food Stamps, and hasn't given a decent COLA in at least 5 years. Many have lost Fuel Assistance due to cut backs there and Elders just can't run out and get that 2nd job or the first job when the are frail, sick, confused, or just plain tired.

We are failing in all aspects in this Country. Protect us from "terrorist" is all we hear while the children and the Elders go hungry and the Veterans go homeless and without medical care needed.

"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped." Hubert H. Humphrey Vice President

Failing on all accounts!




 

Geoff P. (23)
Friday August 15, 2014, 10:55 pm
For goodness sake why is this happening in the USA.In NZ I as an oldie find we are reasonably well off.
 

Charlie Rush (55)
Friday August 15, 2014, 11:41 pm
I can't stand to hear this.
It makes me sick.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:47 am
Noted with cionsern.
 

Krista Slavin (171)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:14 am
I have a thing for the elderly. I want to protect them at all costs. It's sad to think that with the little bit of money they have to live on (which is NOT enough) most of the time they have to choose between paying for their numerous medications or buying food.
 

Brenda P. (134)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:30 am
sad
shared
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 6:00 am
Noted. Thank you.
 

Freya H. (307)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:57 am
Sad, sad, sad. I feel very fortunate that my family has the wherewithal to look after our matriarch, my grandmother, who is in assisted living. At least in Japan they believe in showing the elderly respect. Our youth-oriented culture doesn't seem to give a rat's behind.
 

Carmen Baez (49)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:01 am
Noted. TYFS
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:17 am
A sad commentary about the way we neglect those who can't help themselves.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:33 pm
Snap has become a right wing football. People when every thing is going well are more generous but in thigh frightening times will revert to holding on to what they own. Failure to understand human behavior is why it is easy to demonize Snap users. People think they are directly paying for others to have it better than they do.
 

Sarah Ellissa Markey (39)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:08 pm
Help the vulnerable.
 

june t. (66)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 4:15 pm
it's a sad and frightening time for many. Not all seniors can afford to move into a nice seniors community, many live lonely lives. The cost of living keeps going up, while what little they have dwindles more and more. We
must be able to take care of our vulnerable people better than we do.
 

Kara C. (15)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 5:08 pm
I work as a kitchen hand at a nursing home and there are so many reasons the residents don't eat which is just awful to see. Taste buds don't work as well so food is flavorless, dental problems, swallowing problems, not liking the (usually subpar) food on offer and in dementia patients just forgetting what they are doing while eating.

It's not all about money, my independent grandma says she is the richest she has ever been but doesn't like food anymore and doesn't really feel hunger despite constantly cooking for the family.
 

Shirley S. (174)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:36 pm
Some seniors are too proud to accept help from organizations & they have to be coerced to agree that they need help.
 

Debra G. (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:32 pm
Swallowing problems from chronic irritated esophagus and general weakness in the elderly is common. They need a special diet which thickens everything, even drinks, so they don't aspirated and get pneumonia. My MIL couldn't stand it, so she practiced with chocolate pudding until she could swallow well enough and get off the thickener diet. To her dying day, she hated the sight of chocolate pudding. But in her honor, we donated a case of Thick-It to several local food banks.
She also noted that food was blah, chewing hard, her hand shook so much that she spilled most of her food, and her appetite was non-existent. She didn't want to drink because it was difficult to get to the bathroom in time, her medications made her constipated, and being fed by us robbed her of dignity. Being elderly sucks.
 

Tamera Dolcini (13)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 12:02 am
For many seniors, and others, Meals on Wheels is of no help. While it provides balanced meals, many do not have sufficient income to cover the cost of this service. Many food banks are such that it requires a person, who may not have a car, to travel over distances daily. If there are medical issues, this may create a situation in which a person in need must choose between treatment and food.
 

rita uljee (5)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 12:27 am
very sad.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 2:37 pm
With all my food allergies and sensitivities, I doubt any food bank or combination of food banks would be much help to me. I have a pretty good stock-up-and-store system, but I just lost a piece of food storage furniture (it isn't just humans that age). I have the emergency funds to do it, but it still means getting out and shopping for the furniture, not just the food, and I have ALWAYS hated getting out and shopping, even when I moved easily and didn't know what a crime it is to use gas.
 

Mandi T. (427)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 3:45 pm
Thank you for this very important post. It's such a sad thing going on.
 

marie c. (168)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:03 pm
This both saddens and angers me
Stop bringing in immigrants asylum seekers etc until the American people have a health service and stop people who have worked all the lives or have been struck with health problems going hungry.
This shocks me about such a great country LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN FIRST then when you are strong help others
 

Walter Firth (65)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:55 pm
When the western world threw out Leninism it threw out the baby with the bathwater,One of his sayings we should remember and put into practice "to each according to his need and from each according to his abilaty'.In a perfect society there would be no poor or hungry or needy.It is an indictment of any society where they exist and appear to be ignored..
 
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