Online Program

Food insecurity, health problems and unmet needs of the elderly: A local perspective."

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Peter S. Arno, PhD, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA
Deborah Viola, PhD, Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation, Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation, Valhalla, NY
Food insecurity globally is at an all-time high and has been rising since 2006. This trend is mirrored in the United States. Throughout 2010, three million New York City residents experienced food insecurity. There is very little evidence-based research to guide public, long term care policy for food insecure, homebound seniors. As a result, Goddard Riverside Community Center and the Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy at New York Medical College created a partnership to document the needs of New York City's at-risk homebound elderly. The partnership was named Nourish FIRST (Food Initiative Resource Study of Older Adults in New York City). The partners developed a two-year plan for assessing the level of food security as well as the health, functional/independent living status, and social service needs of 500 frail elderly homebound individuals in New York City. This presentation includes an overview of key findings and their impact on national and international long term care policy development for aging, food insecure elderly within our communities

Learning Areas:

Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify the major factors contributing to food insecurity among the elderly. Recognize how a food security assessment tool may be designed to collect data not only on food security but on other service needs and the impact on aging within the community. Identify unmet health and social service needs and their impact on quality of aging and long term care planning.

Keyword(s): Food and Nutrition, Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 35 years of experience as aresearcher , economist and profesor. I ahve published extensively and presented at national and international conferences
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.