Council on aging advises how to prevent seniors going hungry - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Council on aging advises how to prevent seniors going hungry

The causes of food insecurity go beyond lack of money (Source: WALB) The causes of food insecurity go beyond lack of money (Source: WALB)
Debbie Blanton and Izzie Sadler (Source: WALB) Debbie Blanton and Izzie Sadler (Source: WALB)
Portefield Methodist Church (Source: WALB) Portefield Methodist Church (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The SOWEGA Council on Aging already has multiple programs to assist seniors.

Wednesday night, they talked about how to prevent the elderly from starving.

Representatives from the council talked to members at Porterfield Methodist Church in Albany.

Porterfield is already a partner with the meals on wheels program which provides the elderly with food.

According to Feeding America, nearly 3 million households with seniors experience food insecurity.

The causes go beyond the lack of money. 

"They may not be able to prepare a meal for themselves," said development director Izzie Sadler. "They may be afraid to tell their family that they're not doing so well so it's important that families actually come and check up on their family." 

"There is an epidemic of feeling isolated as you get older," said assistant director  Debbie Blanton. "When you start falling and you have a fear of falling, that restricts your ability to go out. You don't want to go out because you're afraid to fall."

If you know any seniors who may have trouble getting enough food, the council on aging encourages you to help get them into a program like meals on wheels.

For more information, here's the SOWEGA Council on Aging's website.

Copyright 2016 WALB.  All rights reserved.  

Powered by Frankly