19815 Bay Branch Rd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
(334) 222-2523
HELPLINE: 1-877-530-0002



Facebook    

 

SCAMHC is an approved Mental Health site for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program.  Find out the program details and see if you qualify by visiting: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/

SCAMHC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace

 

 

 

 


powered by centersite dot net
Aging & Geriatrics
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
U.S. Air Pollution Still at Deadly Levels, Study Finds75 or Older? Statins Can Still Benefit Your HeartMuscle Relaxants for Back Pain Are Soaring: Are They Safe?Middle-Age Obesity Linked to Higher Odds for DementiaAmid Pandemic, Fears That Older Americans Are Feeling 'Expendable'What Behaviors Will Shorten Your Life?5 Healthy Steps to Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer'sWant Added Years? Try VolunteeringBlood Pressure Meds Help the Frail Elderly Live LongerExercise Habits Key to Gauging Seniors' LongevityGet Moving, Seniors: It's Good For Your BrainMillions of Older Americans Can't Get Enough FoodCan Fruits, Tea Help Fend Off Alzheimer's Disease?Vigorous Exercise Safe for Those at Risk of Knee ArthritisMiddle Age More Stressful Now Than in 1990s: StudyPandemic Delaying Medical Care of Older AmericansPneumonia More Deadly Than Hip Fractures for Hospitalized SeniorsActive Older Vets More Likely to Fall, But Less Likely to Get Hurt: StudyAsk Grandma to Dance to Boost Her Mood And Strengthen Your BondsEarly On, Many Seniors Were Unfazed by Coronavirus Warnings, Study FindsEven Light Exercise Can Speed Stroke RecoverySheltering at Home? Take Steps to Prevent Injuries From FallsAre Steroids Really the Answer for Arthritic Knees?Heavy Drinking Into Old Age Ups Health Risks: StudyHow Pets Can Be True Lifesavers for SeniorsVitamin D Might Aid Seniors' Recovery From Hip Fracture: StudyMindfulness a Powerful Tool for AgingPandemic Adds to Challenge of Caring for Loved One With DementiaIs Thyroid Hormone Dangerously Overprescribed in Older Patients?Don't Fall Prey to COVID-19 ScammersAHA News: Dropping Blood Pressure May Predict Frailty, Falls in Older PeopleWhen Is Surgery Not Safe for Seniors?Rising Number of Older Americans at Risk of Vision LossU.S. Primary Care Docs Unprepared for Surge in Alzheimer's CasesEven a Little Activity Keeps Aging Brains From Shrinking, Study ShowsSeniors, Getting Off the Sofa Brings Big Health BenefitsHelping Seniors Manage Meds After Hospital Reduces Readmission: StudyMany Seniors Leave Hospital With New DisabilitiesSleepy Seniors Have Higher Health RisksLosing a Spouse Could Speed Brain's DeclineTime Spent on the Links May Lengthen LifeWith Macular Degeneration, 1 Missed Visit to Eye Doc Can Mean Vision LossMany Seniors Think They See Better Than They Actually DoAgeism Affects People Around the GlobeLife Expectancy in U.S. Increases for First Time in 4 YearsDiets Rich in Fruits, Veggies Could Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer'sBlood Pressure Dips Upon Standing Might Not Be as Dangerous as ThoughtAll in the Timing: Many Get Knee Replacement Too Late or Too SoonWant a Long, Healthy Old Age? A Healthy Middle Age HelpsEven 1 Night's Bad Sleep Can Raise Levels of a Brain 'Marker' for Alzheimer's
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Elder Care

Millions of Older Americans Can't Get Enough Food

HealthDay News
by -- Steven Reinberg
Updated: May 14th 2020

new article illustration

THURSDAY, May 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older Americans were going hungry even before the coronavirus pandemic short-circuited the nation's food supply, a new poll finds.

Before the COVID crisis, 1 in 7 adults ages 50 to 80 had difficulty getting enough food because of high costs or other factors, according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging conducted by the University of Michigan.

The number unable to obtain needed food in the past year was even higher among blacks, Hispanics and those not yet getting Medicare, researchers said.

"Access to nutritious food and health status are closely linked, yet this poll reveals major disparities in that access," said poll director Dr. Preeti Malani, a professor of internal medicine at Michigan Medicine.

"Even as we focus on preventing the spread of coronavirus, we must also ensure that older adults can get food that aligns with any health conditions they have, so we don't exacerbate diabetes, hypertension, digestive disorders and other conditions further," she said in a university news release.

The poll involved 2,000 adults, aged 50 to 80, who answered questions about their so-called food security in December 2019.

Older poor people and those with lower levels of education were more likely than others to have trouble getting food, the poll found.

Despite the extent of the problem, only a third of these Americans were receiving government food aid through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps).

Also, less than 2% of those over 60 received free meals at senior centers or from Meals on Wheels.

Disruptions to food supply chains, employment and social services from COVID-19 may have worsened disparities, said the experts who designed the poll for the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

"These data suggest an important opportunity, which is likely even more urgent now, to connect older adults with resources they may not know about, and to explore public policies that could improve access," said researcher Cindy Leung, an assistant professor of nutritional sciences at the U-M School of Public Health.

Older adults who had trouble getting food were three times more likely to say their health was poor. They were also nearly five times as likely to report having fair or poor mental health, the researchers found.

More information

For more on food insecurity, visit Feeding America.