Friday, February 24, 2017

Meals On Wheels Issues Report on Hunger in Older Adults

Since 2012, Leonard Yakhnich has been the senior account executive for the Informatica Cloud Platform of the Informatica Corporation, where he is responsible for selling the firm's cloud platform to Fortune 500 Customers. Engaged with his community, Leonard Yakhnich also donates to Meals on Wheels.

In February of 2017, Meals on Wheels released a report called Hunger in Older Adults. The report was funded by the AARP Foundation and the Caesars Foundation and was designed to gain further knowledge about how various food-assistance programs can help the ten million older Americans suffering from hunger.

Fully 16 percent of older Americans face the threat of hunger, and though there is a myriad of state, federal, and local assistance programs, these seniors often need guidance and help to access these nutritional services. 

The problem extends to the healthcare system, as the report estimated that one-third of older adults admitted to a hospital show signs of malnutrition. It is a serious problem in nursing homes, and 50 percent of community-dwelling seniors could be considered malnourished. The report also stated that healthcare costs soar by 300 percent for older patients who are malnourished.

Finally, the report recommended that advocacy groups could help spur coordination efforts and increase funding to serve America’s seniors better. Furthermore, partnerships should be created for greater impact, and community-based initiatives should be established or strengthened.

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