Nearly 9% of Dallas County residents are age 65 or over, with more than a quarter of those over age 85 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While insured through Medicare, Social Security-dependent seniors are slipping behind financially. In late 2010, reemployment for workers over 55 was nearly twice as difficult (28%) as that of younger workers (15%). In Texas, 17% of all elderly live in poverty, a rate that continues to increase at an alarming pace.
Many seniors living in poverty are forced to choose between food and medicine. To help alleviate food insecurity among the elderly, the North Texas Food Bank provides meals to 38,000 senior households every month in their 13-county service area. Additionally, each day volunteers deliver 4,000 meals to seniors in their homes and 1,200 meals to congregate dining programs through the Meals on Wheels program of the Visiting Nurse Association.
To learn about more North Texas nonprofits serving the elderly, click the links below:
US Census Bureau
Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University
Visiting Nurse Association of Texas
17% of all elderly in Texas are living in poverty