Food Insecurity Numbers Rising Among Older Coloradans

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Seniors and Hunger Matty Brady
Matt Brady, 73, goes to La Alma Recreation Center on Mondays and Tuesdays for lunch.

Nationally, the rate of seniors who experience food insecurity -- a term for those who can't maintain a nutritious diet -- has doubled since 2001, according to the National Council on Aging. The issue is of particular concern in Colorado, which has one of the fastest-growing populations of people 65 and older. By 2030, that population will more than double.

Kathy Underhill, of Denver-based Hunger Free Colorado and Allyson Sawtell, of Denver Inner City Parish, spoke with with Ryan Warner about the issue. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

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Underhill: There's a study out of the University of Kentucky that shows that a food insecure or hungry 64-year-old has the active daily limitation of a 78-year-old. [...]

So if we're waiting until they're in crisis or they show up in the emergency room, or get on the radar of a social worker [...] they're really going to be compromised. For me, this is a health issue, this is an economic issue in terms of cost-containment, and frankly, it's a moral issue.

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