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FACING THE THREATS OF AGING

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.

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THE REALITY

  • 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

STATE-BY-STATE SENIOR FACTS

Millions of seniors (60+) nationwide are struggling with hunger, isolation and the ability to pay for basic living needs. Our interactive Senior Facts Map uses 2012 data to provide state-specific information about the number of seniors facing these challenges and those served by Older Americans Act (OAA) home-delivered and congregate nutrition programs.

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE

 
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FIGHTING FOR THE SOLUTION

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.

In particular, our advocacy efforts are aimed at building support on Capitol Hill and within the Administration in order to advance legislation and policies that strengthen home-delivered and group setting (congregate) nutrition programs, the volunteers who make them happen, and the seniors they serve. We need concerned individuals like you to help ensure that local communities are able to meet the growing number of seniors who need the support that enables them to live more nourished lives with the independence and dignity they deserve.