Free Online Course to Help Health Care Providers Address Senior Hunger
The Food Research & Action Center and AARP Foundation today released a free, online course, “Screen & Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults,” to educate health care and community-based providers around the country about the extent of senior hunger and the solutions that exist to solve it.
The course provides training on how to screen patients 50 and older for food insecurity, and information on how to connect food-insecure patients to key nutrition resources, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (pdf) — the first line of defense against hunger for millions of Americans. Nationally, 2.8 million households with at least one adult age 65 or older struggled against hunger in 2016 — the last year for which the U.S. Department of Agriculture has published data. Seniors in these households and others living on the margins of food insecurity are at greater risk of poor health and in greater need of costly health care services.