One of the growing concerns in the United States is hunger among older adults. SeniorJournal.com reports that between 2006 and 2008, the poor or nearly-poor elderly who were hungry grew from 4.7 to 10 .1 percent, and the AARP recently announced they are beginning a significant effort to combat the problem.
The group outlined their plan at their national event and expo in Orlando, Florida, and they will focus on operating volunteer-led food drives as well as launching a number of anti-hunger fundraising campaigns.
“Good nutrition is essential to good health," Tom Paul, CEO of UnitedHealthcare's Medicare business, told the news source.
"As leaders in serving the health and well-being needs of millions of Medicare beneficiaries, we have no greater priority than in helping each and every older American live life to its fullest.”
While eating healthy meals is an important part of everyone’s life regardless of age, it may be even more crucial for older adults. According to WebMD, maintaining a nutritious diet can help prevent a number of health problems including type 2 diabetes, stroke and heat disease.