Even the most healthy and active among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may face some of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence. With an average life expectancy nearing 80, living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. Add to that the increase in geographic separation of our families and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone.
While we all celebrate the increase in lifespan, maintaining health while aging comes at a price. Without support from programs like Meals on Wheels, millions of seniors are forced to prematurely trade their homes for more costly alternatives.
10.2 million seniors in America face the threat of hunger - that's 1 in 6!
15.2 million seniors are isolated, living alone
18.4 million seniors have difficulty paying for basic living needs
- The senior population is projected to double by 2050