One out of every 13 older Americans struggles to find enough food to eat while the federal program intended to help—the Older Americans Act—hasn’t kept pace with the aging population. It’s most severe in the South: Louisiana has the highest rate among states, with 12% of seniors facing food insecurity. Memphis fares worst among major metropolitan areas, with 17% of seniors unsure of their next meal. Malnutrition leads to other health issues. It blunts immunity, which already tends to weaken with age. Once seniors start losing weight, they’re more likely to grow frail and are more likely to die within a year, said Dr. John Morley, director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University.
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