More than 5 million senior citizens age 60 and older face food insecurity. Seniors face a number of unique medical and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk of food insecurity. After a lifetime of hard work, many find themselves struggling with health issues on fixed incomes. Many of these individuals are forced to choose between paying for groceries and buying medicine.
- 63% of client households with seniors report making choices between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
- 41% of client households with an adult age 50 and older have at least one member with diabetes
- 70% of client households with an older adult have at least one member who has high blood pressure.
- 59% of those ages 50 to 64 described their own health as fair or poor, a higher rate than that of seniors ages 65 to 74 (53%) and age 75 and older (51%).