Why Should I Donate

CHALLENGES ARE FACED EVERY DAY

Today, the average life expectancy is at a record high of 79 years. As we get older, even the most independent among us may experience physical declines or financial hardship that strips away our independence. Add to that an increase in geographic mobility of our families, and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone. 

OUR NATION’S SENIOR POPULATION IS GROWING EXPONENTIALLY

 

1 in 5 Americans is 60 or older

With 12,000 MORE turning 60 each day

Average life expectancy today is 79 years

This population is set to reach 118M by 2060 – more than DOUBLE the number in 2010 which was 58M

LEAVING MORE AND MORE AMERICANS AT RISK OF HUNGER AND ISOLATION

 

Nearly 9.5M Seniors Are Threatened By Hunger. 5.5M of which are food insecure or very low food secure.

1 in 4 Seniors Live Alone. 1 in 5 Seniors Feel Alone and social isolation among older adults is associated with an extra $6.7 Billion in Medicare spending each year.

AND WHILE HUNGER AND ISOLATION CAN AFFECT ANYONE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY AND DECLINING HEALTH, FINANCIAL STRAIN MAKES THEM MUCH WORSE

7.1 MILLION SENIORS LIVE IN POVERTY

That’s an income of $234 a week or less, which, after housing, utility and medical expenses, leaves very little for food.

Older adults living at or below poverty are nearly twice as likely as those living above the poverty level to have limitations in their ability to live independently.

THESE THREATS FROM AGING NOT ONLY JEOPARDIZE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OLDER ADULTS, THEY ALSO PLACE A SIGNIFICANT STRAIN ON OUR COUNTRY’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND ECONOMY

The economic burden associated with malnutrition in seniors is $51 Billion

Among seniors, the additional Medicare expenditures associated with social isolation are similar to the amounts associated with having high blood pressure or arthritis.

Medicare spending is disproportionately concentrated on older adults with multiple chronic conditions and/or functional limitations 5% of Medicare Beneficiaries Account for 42% of Spending

MEALS ON WHEELS IS THE ONLY FEDERALLY SUPPORTED PROGRAM DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO MEET THE NUTRITIONAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS OF SENIORS, YET THIS SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP REMAINS SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERFUNDED

Among older adults who have difficulties with daily activities, 2 out of 3 receive limited or no home or community-based care. 83% of low income, food insecure seniors are not receiving the meals they need.

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