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Archive August 2015

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Assisting Vulnerable Clients to Access Nutritious Food

HUNGER AND HEALTH

In February 2014, The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) released a study entitled The Health Consequences of Senior Hunger in the United States: Evidence from the 1999-2010 NHANES. Commissioned by NFESH and conducted by Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois. This original researchexamines the correlation between food insecurity and negative health consequences among individuals age 60 and older in the United States over a period of a decade. The findings were definitive. Food insecure seniors “were at higher risk of experiencing negative nutrition and health consequences [emphasis added] than food secure seniors.”  This was found to be true for a wide array of negative health outcomes, including diabetes, congestive heart failure, depression, and asthma.

Ron Wyden Talks Home Health--Specifically, VNAs

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke last week at a typically Washington, D.C. health briefing sponsored by National Journal. Wyden is Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee and a long time progressive advocate for health care reform. His remarks focus on "four major reforms in the next 50 years." His first likely reform is that Medicaid and Medicare will lead a revolution in caring for people at home. He mentions "non-medical" programs to "provide nutrition, fix floorboards and do things like mold checks" to keep people out of the hospital.

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