The New York State Office for the Aging estimates that one out of every four older adults living at home is nutritionally at-risk. Good health is closely linked to diet. When older people eat less because of health problems or financial restrictions, they risk their ability to maintain an independent, healthy lifestyle. Hunger increases the risk of stroke, aggravates pre-existing health conditions, limits the usefulness of many prescription medications, and may affect brain chemistry, increasing the incidence of depression and isolation.
Learn more about the importance of SNAP and how it helps older adults stay healthy.