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.
Most seniors have worked hard all their lives. And in spite of all their planning and saving, many find that they simply can't stretch their limited incomes to the end of the month. As a senior named Mary recently told us, "I saved for a rainy day, but that rainy day came and went and now the money is gone."
How many seniors are at risk?
• According to the Elder Economic Security Index, which figures in housing, food, transportation and health care, nearly 45% of Orange County seniors don’t have enough money for their basic necessities.
• Even with incomes above the Federal poverty level ($11,490 for a single person, $15,510 for a couple), seniors coping with high housing costs and rising medical costs simply can’t afford enough nutritious food.