- Aging Adults Optimistic About What Lies Ahead
- Ending Rural Hunger
- Healthy Aging
- Hunger In America
- Hunger, Nutrition and Health
- Language For The Elderly
- New USDA Regulations Concerns
- One In Three Alzheimer’s Cases Preventable
- Time For A Nutrition Check-Up?
- Who, Me Was Food
- Walmart To Give A Helping Hand
- The Walmart Foundation Awards $450,000 to Kansas Nonprofits
Aging Adults Optimistic About What Lies Ahead
An article in USA Today, revealed some interesting thoughts of seniors today. They’re either optimistic or delusional, but 89% of older adults and 84% of younger adults say they’re confident they can maintain a high quality of life throughout their senior years.
The reasons vary, but support of friends and family is at the top, followed by being happy about their living situation, being well-prepared financially, being in good health and generally being optimistic according to a survey of more than 2,000 adults, half being 60 or older.
Still, the overall survey offers cautionary tales about aging in our rapidly changing society.
It was thought that Social Security and pensions were going to save the day and now we know it’s not.
On the financial front, 45% of the older group surveyed they wished they had saved more money.
A newer survey finds more financial optimism than last year, but still almost half are concerned that their savings and income will be sufficient to last the rest of their lives.
Another survey by the New England Centenarian says those who live to 100 aren’t worry free. Up to 40% have age-related illnesses. They have developed a means of coping with their illnesses in such a way they still live independently and maintain a relatively high quality of life.
Baby Boomers are a driving growth in the aging population today. They are better educated and more well off financially. They have better access to health care, better health-related choices, better diet and more exercise.
77% of the survey respondents say they plan to stay in their current home the rest of their lives. For those staying in their homes, 28% plan modifications for aging.
Ending Rural Hunger
From the National Foundation To End Senior Hunger, comes a report on how a small rural community in upper New York came together to address hunger needs.
Organizations, churches and businesses were invited to host a community gathering to watch a film about food insecurity in the US. More than 150 came to view that film. Out of that showing, a commitment to help people become more aware of hunger and food insecurity was born. Regular press releases and emails along with a website helped to get the word out.
A day was planned at a local church with activities to draw people together and to provide information. There were tables representing the Community Gardens, Legal Aid Society, and area Food Pantries. A special area was set up with all information, paper, stamps and envelopes necessary to write congressional representatives.
The day was concluded with a pig roast and a concert. Monies raised after the expenses went to area pantries. Lessons were learned that day on how to improve events like this for the future.
In an article from Time Magazine 7/1/14 by Alexandra Sifferlin, reports that the majority of baby boomers are overweight or obese.
This is what a new report from U.S. Census Bureau is indicating. Concerns arise when you consider many diseases and disabilities can come as a result of excess body weight. Information also coming from this report states that the percentage of overweight and obese Americans 65 and older has grown:
72% of older men and 67% of older women. Baby boomers started reaching age 65 in 2011. Many of these older Americans are not financially prepared to pay for long-term care in nursing homes. Less than one fifth of older men and women have the finances to live in a home for more than three years.
The findings highlight the need to make healthy changes early. If long-term healthcare costs are to be cut in the future, Americans need to get healthier. The costs of not taking action could be severe.
Hunger In America
A recent USA today article reports that one in seven Americans – 46 million people, rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families.
Hunger exists in every county in America. It’s an urban, suburban and rural problem.
There is a broad range of people seeking this assistance. School bus drivers, janitors, receptionists,
military families are a few types of regular workers needing this aid. 28% of these are black, 20% are Hispanic, 43% white and 11% other.
33% of households have at least one family member with diabetes.
65% of households have a child under 18 or someone 60 or older.
Food banks are increasing their focus on healthy foods. People are starting to understand the correlation between diet and illness. Since food banks aren’t a one-time emergency stop anymore, it’s important to make healthy foods available.
Hunger, Nutrition and Health
On July 17, 2014 a live interactive phone call conference was held. The latest research on the relationship between hunger and diet-related diseases was discussed.
Panel included, Hilary Seligman, MD, University of Calif, Marydale DeBor, JD, Fresh Advantage LLC, David Just, PhD, Cornell University.
Did you know:
As food insecurity increases at the end of the month, so do hospitalizations among low income individuals. Dr. Seligman’s research found a 27 percent increase in hospitalizations for hypoglycemia among low income during the last week of the month. This increased hypoglycemia among diabetics may be attributed to the exhaustion of SNAP benefits and may correlate with increased food pantry visits at the end of the month.
How nutritional choices are presented influences eating behavior, but restricting choice can actually backfire. Telling people they cannot drink large sodas may prompt them to resist and drink more soda because their freedom was restricted. A more effective strategy to encourage healthy eating is to be purposeful about how we frame nutritional choices. For example, Dr. Just’s research found that people typically eat all of something labeled regular size but will eat about 75% of something called a double portion – even if it’s the same serving size.
Switching to healthy food service operations can reduce hospital readmission rates, and screening for food insecurity helps connect patients with proper care. Nutrition is an important element of the continuum of care. Providing healthy food in health care settings reduces relapse and readmission rates to hospitals. But providing nutritious food during a hospital visit isn’t enough for families who struggle to obtain enough food at home. Screening for food insecurity allows health care providers to connect households with assistance and better manage diet-related disease.
Language For The Elderly
Corrie Goldman writes in the Stanford Report June 30, 2014. that conversations with the elderly helps them cope with aging. She writes that aging inevitably brings with it a variety of challenges: declining health, changes in work status, the loss of family and friends.
Her studies discovered that common communication strategies of the elderly may help them return to happier normal lives, after experiencing hardship. Following are some key concepts she found after interviewing elderly persons as they ate, met and socialized in their daily lives:
a) the speaker’s ability to situate a traumatic event in the context of everyday life experience “seems to be quite effective as a means of emotion regulation”
b) the importance of older people to have casual conversations with others in the same stage of life c) caregivers need to provide environments and space for older adults to casually speak with friends and peers
d) a need for someone who shares same hobby or interests
e) each person has a continuous personal history and that reference to this history may be appreciated
These findings can help all appreciate the challenge and pleasures of being a senior citizen.
New USDA Regulations Concerns
The Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 meant to combat obesity and ensure that children eat healthy and balanced meals has merit, but also brings along higher costs.
School systems have found that following the guidelines to this program is a challenge. Although they are in favor of balanced nutritious meals, the costs of purchasing more expensive food and seeing students eating less due to diet changes has them concerned.
One superintendent of a large school district in Kansas took her concerns to Washington and met with the Kansas elected officials to review the impact this was having. School districts rely on income from serving lunches to help cover their lunch programs. Students eating less meals will impact their general funds to help cover the cost.
These regulations impact the senior nutrition programs with the same potential problems. Revenues are important for these programs to exist.
The Kansas delegation indicated they understood the concerns and were pressing committees to review the new guidelines to add more flexibility to them.
One In Three Alzheimer’s Cases Preventable
The main risk factors for the disease are a lack of exercise, smoking, depression and poor education. This comes from a BBC News Health report, published in July 2014.
A Cambridge team analyzed population-based date to work out the main seven risk factors for this disease. These are:
Low education attainment
They worked out that a third of these cases could be linked to lifestyle factors that could be modified.
Simply tackling physical inactivity, for example will reduce levels of obesity, hypertension and diabetes and prevent some people from developing dementia.
Current estimates suggest that more than 106 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer’s by 2050-more than three times the number affected in 2010.
Time For A Nutrition Check-Up?
Medical and dental checkups, car tune-ups, home repairs are all part of periodic maintenance work. Your nutritional status is no different.
Audit: Overall diet and nutrition checkup
These questions are designed to get you thinking. Answer yes or no to the following.
Are you always planning to improve your eating and exercise habits but just never get around to it?
Have you been on every flashy new diet there is, with minimal results?
Do you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of any of these conditions?
Do you eat fewer than five servings of fruits and/or vegetables per day?
Do you feel chronically fatigued or irritable?
Are most of your meals unplanned and eaten on the run?
Do you stop and really think to remember the last you exercised?
Has your wardrobe been shrinking lately?
Is your medicine cabinet stocked with “miracles in a bottle” that promise to burn fat, firm muscle, suppress appetite, etc?
Are you confused by all the conflicting nutrition and diet information out there and looking for straight answers.
Is your stressful, busy life contributing to your poor eating and exercise habits?
If you answered Yes (6 or more): You need to start thinking way more seriously about your lifestyle.
Who, Me Waste Food
Sustainable America reports that 1 in 3 Americans don’t think the amount of food they waste is a problem. A poll found that 63% of respondents are concerned about the amount of food wasted in the United States.
Americans, in fact, throw out approximately 25% of the food they purchase, costing the average family of four $1,365 to $2,275 a year.
It seems that packaging of food products, affects buying preferences and shelf life. An example of this would be buying fresh meat. Meat over wrapped on a foam tray will last shorter time than meat which is shrink-wrapped only. It could be as much as 20 days. If you saw this information at the store, would it influence your choice?
The encouraging news is that consumer education can help change attitudes and behaviors. When the respondents were shown facts about the environmental, economic and social impacts of food waste, 60% said the impact were more than they expected. Knowing the facts 73% said we should all try to make it a high priority to limit food waste.
Walmart To Give A Helping Hand
Aging Projects, Inc. (API) was delighted to learn that we would be the recipient of a grant from the Walmart Foundation. Their generosity means that we will be able to purchase two vans so we can begin to provide service in Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick County. Without these funds API would have a very difficult time in assuming the responsibility of 3 more counties and 21 new meal sites. Thank You Walmart Foundation and you willingness to help not-for-profits like API provide quality services to the people that we serve. I hope that I can count on all our participants in thanking and supporting Walmart. API is truly blest.
The Walmart Foundation Awards $450,000 to Kansas Nonprofits
Governor Brownback, local representatives and Walmart associates recognize 12 organizations for their commitment to the state
On November 17, 2015, Walmart hosted a “Day of Giving” in Kansas, awarding 12 nonprofits a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant. Walmart’s Day of Giving featured two simultaneous events in Topeka and Wichita. Governor Sam Brownback, Representative Ken Corbet and Representative Mario Goico joined Walmart executives, associates and grant recipients to reflect on the charitable work done across the state of Kansas this year. To close the ceremony, Walmart presented checks to each nonprofit in attendance.
“At Walmart, we recognize the importance of supporting organizations that make a profound impact in the communities we serve,” said Annemarie Browning, Walmart regional general manager. “Through our partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the state, we are able to address issues such as hunger and economic opportunity to make a lasting impact on Kansas residents.”
Twice a year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations in Kansas that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact on a local and state level. The following Kansas nonprofits received a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant to fund vital local programs:
- Catholic Charities Inc. received a $30,000 grant to purchase an additional truck to support the organization’s “Our Daily Bread Food Pantry,” a program that provides meals and nutritional support to underserved citizens in Wichita.
- Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Inc. received a $43,736 grant to fund the New Roots for Refugees program, where produce grown by refugee farmers will be purchased and distributed via Catholic Charities’ nine food pantries.
- Episcopal Social Services Inc. received a $36,050 grant to help support services that help connect unemployed individuals with job opportunities in the community.
- Harvesters – The Community Food Network received a $40,000 grant to provide support for its nutrition education programs and the distribution of healthy food and fresh produce to underserved residents in Kansas.
- Kansas CASA Association received a $30,000 grant to fund technology and e-learning support for its child advocacy programs.
- Kansas Food Bank Warehouse Inc. received a $50,000 grant for the organization’s Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program, which provides underserved children with a backpack full of nutritious food for the weekend.
- Aging Projects, Inc. Meals on Wheels/Friendship Meals received a $59,214 grant to purchase two delivery vans to support the organization’s new senior meal delivery program, Aging Projects Inc.
- Meals on Wheels of Shawnee & Jefferson County received a $50,000 grant to provide nutritional support to vulnerable, homebound seniors during the weekends.
- Mid-America Nutrition Program Inc. received a $25,000 grant to purchase a delivery van for its Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals to seniors in six counties.
- Numana Inc. received a $36,000 grant to provide food for more than 240,000 meals that will be packaged at 12 local public schools by children learning about food insecurity and hunger in Kansas.
- Stormont Vail Foundation received a $25,000 grant for its Care Line program that offers emergency assistance to Stormont Vail patients and their families, including transportation, meals, temporary lodging and clothing.
- Topeka Rescue Mission Inc. received a $25,000 grant for the organization’s Hunger Relief Program, which provides meals to underserved citizens throughout Topeka.
“Aging Projects, Inc. (API) is fortunate to have received this grant from the Walmart Foundation. When the former meal provider for these 21 meal sites decided not to continue with feeding seniors in these counties API was asked to take over this service, without the Walmart Foundations generosity and assistance in purchasing these vans, seniors in 3 counties in central Kansas would no longer receive meals. API is dedicated to the belief that ‘No Senior shall go hungry®’ and with the help from Walmart we can make it happen.”
In 2014, in Kansas, the Walmart Foundation awarded $11.1 million in cash and in-kind contributions. The donations of cash, food, refrigerated trucks, mobile pantries and other resources are changing lives across America. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched “Fighting Hunger Together” – a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to fight hunger in America. This initiative leverages Walmart’s size and resources to provide nutritious food and the Walmart Foundation’s ability to grant funding to nonprofits that help elevate the issue.
To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. For more information, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.
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