Monday, March 06, 2023


from Journal of Nutrition

Food insecurity may increase cognitive decline in older adults. Food insecurity is defined as a consistent lack of enough food for an active, healthy life whether a temporary or long-lasting situation. Penn State researchers studied older adults living with food insecurity compared to those benefiting from the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). They found cognitive decline in the food insecure group was equivalent to mentally being nearly four years older— significant when already at an advanced age. The study, in the Journal of Nutrition, points to the importance SNAP can have in improving people’s health as they age and encourages greater access to the federallyfunded nutrition assistance program.