It takes a village

Jodi Bellam, Founder, Better Off at Home

Several years ago, I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know my husband’s grandparents. Until then I had never really been exposed to how amazing elderly people are and how much we can learn from them. They lived by themselves in a house in Maryland until they were well into their nineties.  It was because of that relationship and many others as my life went on that I got into the senior care business.

I now live outside of Atlanta in one of the hundreds of suburbs that exist in this very large and growing city. It is amazing that anyone would go without in an area like this. Or so you would think. I own an in-home care agency and right after I started my business here, I wanted to get involved in helping seniors who didn’t have the financial means to afford the help they need. Oh the things I have seen. READ MORE

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They used to be farmers, now they're hungry

Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union

Senior hunger is a problem that doesn’t discriminate. Whether in the middle of a metropolitan food desert, or on the outskirts of the tiniest rural community, millions of American seniors are at risk of hunger. In recent years, the rate of risk of senior hunger has grown higher in non-metropolitan areas than metropolitan areas, contrary to what some may believe. Seniors in rural areas face the challenge of isolation – many of them “age in place,” miles from the nearest grocery store, family member or volunteer willing to deliver them a meal.

I find that the great irony of rural senior hunger is that many of those hungry seniors were once farmers who worked their entire lives to grow and raise food for the country and the world, and who are now struggling to put food on their own tables. The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger is dedicated to solving these challenges and ending hunger for rural and urban seniors alike, but it also falls upon America’s farmers and ranchers to do their part to feed the hungry in their own communities, both directly and indirectly.. READ MORE

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Educating and engaging students in the fight to end hunger and homelessness

Irene Caldwell
President, National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness

The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness is a national network of college students, educators, and community leaders working to fight hunger and homelessness in the U.S. and abroad.   Guided by the belief that young people are in a unique position to make a difference in our society, NSCAHH helps turn concern into action.  

We are still faced with overwhelming national and international problems when it comes to ensuring that people have food and shelter.  In the United States, the richest country in the world, the Census Bureau estimates a spike in poverty rates in 2013, jumping from 15% to over 16% in less than one year.   Globally, almost half of the world’s population lives on less that $2.50 a day, with nearly 22,000 children dying from poverty every single day.  READ MORE

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Interview with Syd Mandelbaum:
CEO and Founder of Rock and Wrap It Up!

What is Rock and Wrap It Up!? Tell us about your organization and its mission.
Rock and Wrap It Up! is a global, award-winning, anti-poverty think tank. Using greening tactics, we recover food and other assets to be given to agencies fighting poverty, increasing their operating budgets. This allows the agencies to hire more services such as tutors, social workers, job placement counselors and mental health counselors to attack the root cause of poverty. All of our partners are protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act (Pub. L. No 104-210, 110 Stat. 3011(1996) as long as safe food handling is used. Over one billion meals have been recovered since 1991. READ MORE
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Op-Ed: Ending senior hunger must begin today

When a society has millions of its citizens, millions, going hungry it should be scorned. When foreign nations treat their citizens poorly we, correctly, respond. But it is happening in our own country ... READ MORE

How Girl Scouts can help U.S. reduce food waste

What happened to 13,200 boxes of perfectly fine, but unsold, Girl Scout cookies? They were crushed and sent to a landfill. Now the Girl Scouts have an opportunity to raise awareness of U.S. food waste.  READ MORE

Pay what you can at Panera Cares Community Café in Boston

Customers drop what they can afford into a donation box for their cup of coffee, sandwich, or bowl of soup. Those who can pay extra enjoy helping someone less fortunate. Those who can't afford anything enjoy a nourishing meal. READ MORE

Are food stamps working?

The National Academy of Sciences, an independent group of scientists who advise the federal government, reports that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program lags behind the increasing cost of food and penalizes beneficiaries with jobs.  READ MORE

Working longer to reach Social Security

The Congressional Budget Office predicts an increase in the number of older people who work as a result of the scheduled increase in the full retirement age (FRA) for Social Security. Economic output will be slightly greater and budget deficits slightly smaller.  READ MORE

Will health care hurt your retirement?

Health care is extremely expensive, we are living longer, and 75 million baby boomers are starting to retire. We should not expect Social Security and Medicare to cover us, because it won’t.  READ MORE

In India, elderly worry about security

A new survey shows that nearly 75% of India's elderly are ready to move to a community that offers security and special services, adding that a large number feel lonely, though they are also resigned to their fate. READ MORE

To reduce need for nursing homes, increase home service

The elderly are better able to avoid costly nursing home placements when they receive subsidized assistance at home.  READ MORE

Dramatic increase in elderly changing structure of British society

Startling details about Britain's rapidly ageing population and its potential impact on social services are prompting warnings that no proper plan is in place to cope with the dramatic increase in those aged over 65. READ MORE

What happens to cognitive function after 100 years?

Led by Adam Davey, associate professor in Temple’s Department of Public Health, a group of researchers used a new statistical technique to learn more about extreme aging by identifying the prevalence of cognitive impairment in centenarians.  READ MORE

Recession changed assisted living from social choice to medical necessity

Before the stock market plunge, folks moved into assisted living communities to join the active senior environment. Now they don't move in until they have to.  READ MORE

Drugs to combat aging could be here in 5 years

A whole new class of anti-aging drugs is now viable, which could ultimately prevent cancer, Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes. READ MORE

Over 50% of Americans delay retirement to avoid losing health benefits

Tying health insurance benefits directly to employment is forcing most Americans to work longer than they would have otherwise, a new study from the Employee Benefits Research Institute finds. READ MORE

What can you eat to preserve muscle mass?

New review by International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Nutrition Working Group examines role of nutrition in sarcopenia, with focus on protein, vitamins D and B, and acid-based diet. READ MORE

Build muscle, shed belly fat with dairy

A new study in the Journal of Nutrition reports that a diet high in dairy and protein, combined with calorie restriction and daily exercise, built more muscle and trimmed more dangerous belly fat than a low-dairy, low-protein diet. READ MORE

Olive oil: now even more reason to use it

New research shows olive oil could have therapeutic benefits for patients with spinal cord injuries, arthritis and pleurisy, as well as those suffering from intestinal ischemia/reperfusion. READ MORE

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Memory and sleep

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), neuroscientist Ken Paller and his team at Northwestern University are studying the connection between memory and sleep, and the possibilities of boosting memory storage while you snooze. READ MORE

Fixing our unhealthy food system

Rising obesity ... a decline in children's health ... Is our increasingly industrialized food system at the heart of our plight? Dr. David Walingo says yes. Further, he asserts, health professionals hold a key to changing it.  READ MORE

Why aren't we using more mobile health monitoring tools?

Technical tools that help us live healthy lifestyles or control chronic health conditions are on the rise. But the percentage of people who use them has remained virtually unchanged for three years. READ MORE

Clogged arteries: it's been a problem for over 5,000 years

The leading cause of death in the developed world also afflicted our early ancestors, indicating there’s more to it than modern lifestyles. READ MORE

When you eat makes a weighty difference

Disruption in the body’s circadian rhythm can lead not only to obesity, but can also increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. READ MORE

Do you really need that colonoscopy?

Close to one-quarter of colonoscopies performed on older adults in the U.S. may be uncalled for based on screening guidelines, a new study from Texas suggests. READ MORE

Pacemaker, artificial joints - they still hit the ice every week

Despite age, illness and some artificial joints, these men hit the ice at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland every Tuesday. They come for the exercise - and because it's better for the aging process than, say, staring at shopping channels on TV. READ MORE

Elderly Germans head abroad for nursing care

Long-term nursing insurance is a pillar the German welfare model, but the system is increasingly stressed by the aging population – leading some elderly to go to other EU countries for care. READ MORE

New study offers grape news

Researchers have found what they consider to be conclusive evidence that the red wine compound resveratrol directly activates a protein that promotes health and longevity in animal models.  READ MORE

How the food industry manipulates your taste buds

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss goes inside the world of processed and packaged foods to see how they seduce your taste buds with salt, sugar and fat. READ MORE OR LISTEN TO STORY

Wash your hands - it's key to food safety

In light of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Home Food Safety program—a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods—encourages Americans, rather than avoid certain foods, to practice safe food handling at home instead. READ MORE

Stress today can lead to disability tomorrow

Nearly 30% of adult workers suffer from work-related stress. A new study from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, provides strong evidence that perceived work-related stress in midlife predicts functional limitations and disability later in old age. READ MORE


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