Older Americans Act

Per 2013 data, many older adults with low incomes who likely need meals services do not receive them. An estimated 90 percent of low-income older adults (those age 60 and older with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold) do not receive meals services like those funded by Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III programs, according to GAO’s analysis of 2013 Current Population Survey (CPS) data. About 83 percent do not receive meals among low-income adults who are food insecure, meaning they report three or more conditions such as skipping meals because they did not have enough money for food. Similarly, an estimated 83 percent of low-income older adults who have difficulties with two or more daily activities do not receive meals. While some of these figures are similar to those GAO found using 2008 data, more low-income older adults are food insecure than in 2008 (about 19 percent in 2008 compared to 24 percent in 2013), though a substantially larger percentage of this population are receiving meals services (11 percent in 2008 compared to 17 percent in 2013).


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