Nov 29

The infographic below is from The National Council on Aging (NCOA) website and shows that almost 4 million adults over the age of 60 face hunger in America. A large majority of them might be eligible for benefits but aren’t getting them.

Senior Hunger in America During the Holidays

While this problem is ongoing all year long, it’s especially heartening when seniors go without enough food at the holidays. Most of us take it for granted that there will be plenty to eat during the holiday season in November and December but there are plenty of ways to help older adults less fortunate.

Inviting senior neighbors, friends and family members to dinner during the holidays is the most obvious way to make sure they have enough food. Or better yet, visit them in their own homes and take food with you. Make sure you help clean up afterward and be sure to leave leftovers with them.

While visiting seniors in their own home, take a look around to see if they’re able to properly take care of themselves. Are the bathrooms and kitchens safe? Maybe they could use grab bars in the bathroom, or a low, steady stool with a handle for reaching into the cupboards in the kitchen. Check to make sure they have enough food in the refrigerator and cupboards.

Check around the house to ensure there is proper lighting in living areas, and carpets or cords aren’t in walking areas that might cause them to trip and fall. These are the most obvious hazards, but watching them move around in their own home will give you clues as to problem areas.

If you invite them to your own home, see if they have trouble getting around. Do they need a walker or have problems with putting shoes on?

It may seem like you’re being nosey, but you’re actually looking out for their best interest and signs of something that may become more problematic in the future.

The NCOA can help provide annual benefits to seniors for a variety of things such as food, prescriptions, and medical costs. According to the infographic, every $1 donated equals $40 in benefits.

For more information, visit The National Council on Aging (NCOA) website at:
http://www.ncoa.org/donate

Happy Holidays!

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