By Rita R. Robison
Valentine’s Day can be a lonely holiday for many seniors.
Instead of giving chocolate this year, you may want to consider giving your aging parent or relative a gift that could make a difference on a daily basis – nutritious meals, says Mom’s Meals, a company that offers meals delivered to the home by FedEx.
It’s startling that:
- Poor nutrition and malnutrition occur in 15 to 50 percent of the elderly population. About 2,000 to 3,000 seniors die from malnutrition annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
- More than five million older Americans are at risk of hunger, and each day millions of older adults have to choose between buying groceries and the medications they need.
- Americans 75 years of age and older have a 40 percent rate of being underweight. Underweight people are 40 percent more likely to die in the first month after than patients who are overweight, according to a study in the Archives of Surgery.
Obesity in America is getting a lot of attention. However, hunger and nutrition issues among seniors don’t get much coverage. It may be a good idea to check out what’s in the refrigerator of your elderly loved ones and see what can be done to help out.