Op-Ed Urges Gov. Newsom To Address California’s Aging Population.

February 3, 2019

Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Director at Meals on Wheels Diablo Region, writes in an op-ed in the San Jose (CA) Mercury News (2/3) that California’s “rapidly aging population” requires a plan to “identify and address the social factors that place seniors at risk for malnutrition and other diseases.” Meyer adds that although it is “often not identified or treated, malnutrition in older adults severely impacts their ability to fight illness and infection and can result in higher mortality rates and loss of independence,” especially as the population ages, “malnutrition in older adults is becoming a crisis in America.” In addition, Meyer mentions that “United Health Foundation’s ‘America’s Health Rankings 2018 Senior Report’ states that 36 percent of hospitalizations that are due to inadequate nutrition and/or limited social contact are preventable.”

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