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Funding Meals on Wheels Keeps Seniors Independent: Study
Date:12/7/2012

l she died, and we have always, even before I did this research, attributed that to Meals on Wheels," Thomas, who is also a Rhode Island Meals on Wheels volunteer, said in a university news release. "She lived four hours away from any family and refused to leave her house. We had comfort in knowing that every day someone was in her house to see how things are."

The study authors said drivers who deliver meals are able to observe and monitor the environment in which the seniors are living. They also report when seniors do not respond to a delivery, which serves as an additional safety measure.

Home-delivered meals served more than 868,000 seniors in fiscal 2010 and account for the majority of Older Americans Act spending, the researchers noted. Skilled nursing care, they added, also played a role in keeping older people out of nursing homes.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides more information on the Older Americans Act.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Brown University, news release, Dec. 4, 2012


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