Senior Hunger On the Rise

Statistics show that even in a group of seniors this small, at least one is struggling with hunger.Here at HDS Medallion, we like to use our blog as a way of highlighting information that may affect our customers or those who care for them. We aren't just about creating stylish CarryAll bags for mobility devices. We love to report on new technological innovations, or new breakthroughs in medical treatments. However, this week we'd like to take some time to discuss an issue that isn't new, but that many people simply aren't aware of: senior hunger.


Of course, everyone is aware that many people go hungry, even in this day and age. However, hunger isn't an issue that's only relegated to less-fortunate people in countries overseas. There are millions of people right here who don't have enough to eat, and many of them are senior citizens. In fact, the numbers are staggering. Did you know that over 18% of the senior citizens in this country either have to skip meals, or can only afford low-quality, less nutritious food? To put that in perspective, that means if you're in a room with five seniors, chances are good that one of them is struggling to eat. That's a sobering thought, to say the least.


There are a number of factors involved in this issue. Naturally, the cost of healthy food plays a role. Seniors often live on a fixed income, limiting the amount of money available for food. As seniors tend to require more frequent medical attention and more costly prescriptions, much of that limited income is often predominantly allocated to health costs. However, it may surprise you to find that cost isn't the main cause of this problem: it’s location. Many seniors have health concerns that require them to travel as little as possible. Others need travel assistance due to their use of mobility devices like walkers, wheelchairs and power chairs. This means many seniors may not have a variety of options for where they can purchase their food, or have many opportunities to shop at all. Because of this, many will simply settle for whatever food they can access, regardless of nutritional value. Others find themselves skipping meals entirely, either to stretch their budget, or to make it until the next time they can get access to a grocery store. 

 

Fortunately, there are a number of organizations who have made it their mission to combat this serious issue. Groups like Meals on Wheels and Feeding America provide nutritious food to seniors in need, often bringing it right to their door. The AARP holds an annual "virtual food drive," which you can donate to here. There are also hundreds of local organizations helping to fight senior hunger across the US. However, with over 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching age 65 each day, and the senior population on pace to make up a fourth of our population by 2050, this issue only stands to become more severe. 

 

All of us here at HDS Medallion believe that access to affordable and nutritious food is something everyone deserves, regardless of age or income. If you'd like to donate either your time or money to help fight senior hunger, click on the links above, or reach out to a local organization in your area. As much as we believe every senior citizen deserves a fabulously functional CarryAll bag, we believe they deserve good food far more, and we thank everyone helping to provide it!

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