Food Insecurity in Aging Society

1627 WordsJan 29, 20187 Pages
Section I. Food Insecurity Aging Society: The United States is experiencing social issues related to food insecurity and hunger. Current research states that older adults are especially vulnerable to food insecurity. In a study published in the Journal of Urban Health states, “Among the 14.6% of American households experiencing food insecurity, approximately 2 million are occupied by older adults” (Chung, Gallo, Giunta, Canavan, Parikh, & Fahs, 2011, p. 1). Since the year 2011 the Athens Community Council on Aging reports, “Almost 9 million older adults in the United States are at risk for hunger, and Georgia is 8th in state rankings for older adult risk of hunger” (2014, p. 1). Fortunately, in North America, hunger seldom reaches extreme levels of starvation. Researchers’ instead look at food insecurity as a way to monitor needs in our society (North, 2001). What is the definition of food insecurity? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as not being able to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe food during the course of a year (D.C. Hunger, 2014). For instance, there are several factors that contribute to food insecurity in the oldest-of-old population. Issues such as poverty, lack of access, chronic illness, and functional ability. According to the Georgia Food Bank Association, “Food insecurity issues exists within the State of Georgia at the rate of 20 % and nearly 1 in 5 Georgians are food insecure and struggling with
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