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Factors associated with food insecurity among U.S. elderly persons: importance of functional impairments.
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PMID:  11245369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The authors examined factors associated with the food insecurity of elderly persons in the United States and particularly how functional impairments were associated with food insecurity. METHODS: Data were from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988-94) and the Nutrition Survey of the Elderly in New York State (1994). The authors used multiple logistic regression and a hierarchical logistic regression analyses to examine how functional impairments as well as sociodemographic and economic factors contributed to food insecurity in elderly persons. RESULTS: Low income, low education, minority status, food assistance program participation, and social isolation were significantly related with food insecurity. Functional impairments were significantly related with food insecurity among elderly persons even after those factors were controlled. DISCUSSION: Food security in elderly persons is associated with functional impairments, suggesting that food insecurity in elderly persons comprises not only limited food affordability, availability, and accessibility but also altered food use. Food-insecure elderly persons experience multiple problems that prevent them from achieving nutritional well-being and seeking food assistance programs. Nutrition services should recognize and provide services to cover those needs.
J S Lee; E A Frongillo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1079-5014     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-13     Completed Date:  2001-04-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508483     Medline TA:  J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S94-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-6301, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged / psychology*
Aged, 80 and over
Cognition Disorders / diagnosis*
Health Services for the Aged / standards,  supply & distribution
Health Status
Middle Aged
Nutritional Status
Socioeconomic Factors

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