Many U.S. Seniors Are Going Hungry, Study Finds

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter


(HEALTHDAY)

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 1 in 10 U.S. seniors doesn't have enough food to eat, a new study shows. And for those under 65 who qualify for Medicare because they're disabled, 4 of 10 may be going hungry, the researchers added.


"People are always talking about Medicare and how to tweak it and improve access to care, but these kinds of social problems [hunger] can be just as much of an issue," said study author Jeanne Madden, from Northeastern University in Boston.

Madden said the problem of what researchers call "food insecurity" isn't a new one. It's officially defined as an inability to get enough food due to financial reasons.

She said things are being done within the health care system to try to address this, such as screening patients for the problem and giving patients access to social workers that can help them find services available to them, such as the Supplemental Nutrition