Philadelphia Corporation for Aging combats malnutrition among seniors

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Malnutrition is a serious problem for senior citizens. To help combat it, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging held a conference Friday on how to better connect people with resources.

Philadelphia is the poorest big city in America, and every day, people are forced to make tough decisions. According to PCA CEO Holly Lange, nobody should ever have to choose between eating or taking their medication. She wants everyone to know help is just a phone call away.

"We provide meals to 6,000 older people, utilizing the meals on wheels program, home-delivered meals," said Lange. "And we're trying to get the word out that there is help available in the community."

PCA's nutrition manager Amy Goldstein warned a diet lacking vital nutrients can send an older person to the hospital, which could set off a dangerous cycle.

"When a senior is hospitalized," said Goldstein, "they are likely to leave the hospital malnourished, more so than when they went into the hospital, which then is really hard for their recovery."

Goldstein advised people not just look out for their own family, but to check in with elderly neighbors as well, and to call the PCA if they know someone struggling.