Old and Hungry in Southern Arizona

| May 30, 2012

This article from a few days ago talks about the plight of isolated elderly people who no longer have the capacity to care for themselves – and how we are failing to provide the most basic support.

This is an important issue. As a society, how do we see our responsibility to elders, fellow Americans who worked hard all their lives and now have aged to the point that they need some help? Our fastest growing population in Arizona is 85+. Never before in world history have we had the percentage of elderly people that we have, and will have. It’s an expensive problem. A $99 billion problem in Arizona alone.

Read the full article at Meals on Wheels provides food, thread to outside world : Welcome to StarNet – Tucson, Arizona.

Not everyone has someone. Some of us will live out our old age alone. Without family or friends at our bedside. Without someone to hold our hands or tell us it will be OK. Without someone to notice.

It’s tough to think about. But it’s the reality in a society where many of us have too few connections. We sometimes fail to see people who need someone the most.

Pima Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers prepared meals to elderly people in their homes, is one way to bridge this gap. Clients receive food, but also human contact. It’s not enough, yet it’s far more than most would have otherwise. The need is growing, but the budget is not.

About 1,000 meals are delivered each day in Pima County, mostly to women who are at least 75 and who live alone. The Pima Council on Aging, which operates the service, receives 65 to 80 requests for Meals on Wheels each month, and maintains a waiting list of, as of Thursday, about 70 people.

Read more at Meals on Wheels provides food, thread to outside world : Welcome to StarNet – Tucson, Arizona.

Category: Aging, News & Advocacy

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