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Food insecurity, food and nutrition programs, and aging: experiences from Georgia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20473809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Food insecurity and hunger are real and growing problems in the United States. Among older adults, the prevalence of food insecurity is at a 14-year high and occurred in more than 8% of households with older adults in 2008 according to USDA. However, the rate is at least 10% higher when less severe degrees of food insecurity are considered. Emerging research suggests that several segments of the older adult population are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, including those receiving or requesting congregate meals, home-delivered meals, and other community-based services. Thus, national and state estimates of food insecurity may obscure problems in specific subgroups of older adults. Older adults are at high risk of chronic health problems that can be exacerbated by food insecurity, poor nutritional status, and low physical activity. To help improve targeting of food and nutrition programs to those most in need because of food insecurity and/or nutrition-related chronic health problems, the purposes of this review are (1) to define the prevalence and consequences of food insecurity; (2) to discuss the outcomes of some food, nutrition, disease prevention, and health promotion programs targeted to older adults in Georgia, the state with the 3rd highest prevalence of food insecurity; and (3) to make recommendations for research, service, and advocacy related to monitoring and alleviating food insecurity and related health problems in older adults.
Jung Sun Lee; Joan G Fischer; Mary Ann Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition for the elderly     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1540-8566     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Elder     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-17     Completed Date:  2010-09-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8208739     Medline TA:  J Nutr Elder     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  116-49     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia, 280 Dawson Hall, Athens, GA 30602, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / physiology*,  psychology*
Food Services / organization & administration,  statistics & numerical data,  utilization*
Food Supply*
Health Status
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
Nutritional Requirements
Nutritional Status
Socioeconomic Factors

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