NHCOA: STATUS OF HISPANIC OLDER ADULTS: STORIES FROM THE FIELD

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

From our colleagues at NHCOA:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Picture this: to keep from going hungry in straitened circumstances, you may one
day need to eat cat food for dinner, or search for your lunch in a dumpster. This is
not merely a worst-case scenario; it is reality for some seniors in the U.S. today.
During regional meetings held in Florida, Texas and California in 2014, the
National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) uncovered a troubling reality:
seniors cannot afford to feed and house themselves. Many Hispanic older adults
with whom we spoke said that their fixed incomes were not enough to cover rent,
buy food, and pay for medicines. One participant shared the unimaginable: “Food is
so expensive here that I know some seniors are eating cat food to make ends meet
and not starve.”
This horrifying scenario illustrates …

Continue reading here: http://www.nhcoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-Status-of-Hispanic-Older-Adults-Report.pdf

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