Food Insecurity

America’s hidden pandemic

Food insecurity is caused by our community’s
unwillingness to talk about the Unmentionables.

Food Insecurity

America’s hidden pandemic

Food insecurity is caused by our community’s
unwillingness to talk about the Unmentionables.

Signs of Malnutrition

  • Loss of appetite
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Increased illness or infection
  • Weakened muscles or loss of muscle mass
  • Clothes fitting loosely
  • Slow wound healing
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Change in skin integrity
  • Feeling irritable or depressed

Be Aware

consume lower levels of key nutrients such as protein, vitamins A and C, magnesium, calcium and iron

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read between the lines

The Risk

senior adults experience food insecurity are 65% more likely to be diabetic

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emotional pain hurts too

Smart Solutions

Build these strategies into the care plan

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knowledge is power

Find Services

Local, state, and federal programs to combat food insecurity

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you’re not alone

Shop for Products

Occupational therapist recommend these products to help with eating

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find comfort

Self-care

Here are some tips on how you can brighten someone’s day.

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spread the love

5.2M

senior adults experienced hunger in the past year

33%

report inflation has cut their food budget

$130B

national healthcare expense due to senior adult hunger

Tip #1

Food Programs

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Local food pantries
  • Feeding America

Tip #2

Stop Food Insecurity

There are government programs that can help, many senior adults are experiencing food insecurity now more than ever before.  Best estimates are that more than ten percent of adults over age 65 experience persistent hunger.

Tip #3

Set Goals

If you’re beginning the road to recovery, start small. For instance, get out of bed by a certain time, or plan a household chore… or even call a friend.

Notes from the Author

Ways to Prevent Malnutrition

  • Exercise to increase appetite and strengthen muscles and bones.
  • Make meals special with themes for the meal or dining out or having a ‘picnic.’
  • Order takes out or home delivered meals. How about the home delivery meal kits, hot meals from local stores or Meals on Wheels.
  • Plan with meal plans and grocery lists. Recruit trusted family and friends to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and dairy products for meal preparation.
  • Track medication interactions. Listen for upset stomach and other complaints that could reduce your loved one’s appetite.
  • Get on the scale. Be sure to track your loved one’s weight looking for sudden weight gains or loss and long-term weight changes. Report all changes to your health care provider.

Who, what and when are you eating? Dietitians recommend keeping a food diary to track meals, snacks, and water intake. Dehydration is often overlooked but can cause major health problems and emergency department visit.

Food insecurity is caused by our community’s unwillingness to talk about the Unmentionables. In fact, we at REUNIONCare created this eating bundle contains helpful tools for seniors and caregivers for restore the pleasure to breaking bread together. Credit For Caring aims to recover some of your personal time and energy with our care management tools and resources. We believe that preserving human dignity and independence rank as the highest human aspiration despite any physical limitations that beset us. Our healthcare team believes in proactive planning for life’s what if’s.

Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.