For seniors, fixed incomes and limited mobility may lead to chronically poor nutrition. And poor diet can compound many health problems, including diabetes and hypertension.
How many seniors are at risk?
• According to the Elder Economic Security Index, which figures in housing, food, transportation and health care, more than 15% of Orange County seniors don’t have enough money for adequate food.
• Even with incomes above the Federal poverty level ($11,120 for a single person, $15,130 for a couple), seniors coping with high housing costs and rising medical costs simply can’t afford nutritious food.