Protecting SNAP: An Essential Safety Net for Millions of Older Americans

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—is a federal and state-administered program that prevents millions of low-income Americans from going hungry by giving them resources to buy food. 8.8 million SNAP households with adults ages 50 or older rely on SNAP to meet their basic nutritional needs.[1] In 2017, 43 percent of SNAP households included at least one adult aged 50 or older. That share varied from 30 percent in California to 57 percent in New York …

It’s Not Just a Meal: The Importance of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program

Imagine living alone, being frail or living with a disability, and unable to leave your house without help. Now imagine feeling a hunger pang, opening up your fridge to find it empty, or wondering how you are going to get your next meal. For some food-insecure older Americans, that’s their daily reality. Fortunately, some are able to avoid that scenario, thanks to the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA’s nutrition services program provides home-delivered and congregate meals to eligible seniors. …

Join Us For Our Live Event: A Conversation About Prediabetes

You’ve probably heard of diabetes—but what about prediabetes? Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. While almost half of older adults have prediabetes, nearly nine out of ten don’t know they have it. That’s why having this conversation is so important. On Wednesday, November 7th from 7-8pm ET, join AARP and 100 Black Men of America for a free, interactive telephone town hall about prediabetes among the African American/Black …

Social Isolation: Detrimental to Older Adults’ Health and Costly to Medicare

July is Social Isolation Month at AARP. This month, we are calling attention to the millions of older adults across the nation who lack meaningful social contacts with family members, friends or neighbors.  Why the focus on isolation?  Because social isolation is associated with bad health consequences: For example, socially isolated older adults are more likely to have heart disease, infections, depression, and premature cognitive decline. What’s more, it significantly increases the risk of death  among older adults.  In fact, …

Social Isolation: The Silent Killer that Costs Medicare Billions in Extra Spending

Last week the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) sponsored a Solutions Forum on Capitol Hill (view recording HERE)  that put the spotlight on groundbreaking research showing how much social isolation—lack of meaningful contacts with others—costs the Medicare program. In two separate panels, participants in the packed room heard from experts who discussed the global problem of social isolation—or lack of meaningful contacts with others—among older adults. Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President at AARP kicked off the event with a compelling …

Older Adults Who Don’t Have Meaningful Relationships are Sicker—and Cost Medicare More

Elizabeth “Izzy” Barnett, 80, is a full-time caregiver for her husband, Bob, who has dementia. They have no children or family to help and Izzy has lost contact with friends because she is busy taking care of Bob. Izzy’s is not alone in this situation. Millions of older adults are socially isolated—in other words, they lack meaningful relationships with family and friends. Life circumstances—losing a spouse, friends, and loved ones, or retirement—put older adults at increased risk for isolation.   …