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Food insecurity rates are high among older adults who have chronic conditions and/or are homebound. These patients have functional limitations, comorbidities limiting their mobility, and often are socially isolated or live alone, all of which impact their ability to access or make healthy meals. As food insecurity rises, so do the health care costs related to inaccessibility to healthy food, involving the increased risk or prevalence of chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. This project aimed to understand the barriers older adults face in accessing and making healthy meals, and to educate health care providers and patients on recognizing food insecurity and utilizing resources to improve patient accessibility and availability to better nutrition and thus better health.
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food, food insecurity, nutrition, barriers, older adults, homebound, mobility, chronic conditions, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, Connecticut
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Wright, Kristen, "Accessibility of Nutritious and Healthy Foods to Older Adults" (2022). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 810.