Senior Homelessness in California

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California’s senior population is growing faster than other groups of the population. That is challenging for a state already facing a lot of senior poverty. However, this is not unique to California. Millions of seniors in the US face economic trouble. Around half of the older adult population gets the majority of their spending money…

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Brown Bag Making Homes Safe for Older Adults

As people grow older, they often face unexpected financial hardships. This usually comes from no longer having a regular monthly income from employment. At Mercy Brown Bag Program, we want every senior to enjoy the basic safety of living in a secure environment with enough food to survive. Through our program, we help fill the…

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Stay Social for Brain Health

A shocking number of senior adults live all by themselves. While it’s always desirable to maintain independence as late into life as possible, regular social interaction is vital to keeping your brain sharp and functioning well as you grow older. Elder Care Alliance recommends engaging in meaningful social activities for optimal brain health. Here are…

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How Mercy Brown Bag Is Combatting Senior Poverty in California

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By 2060, California’s 60-year and older population is expected to grow at least three times faster than the total population. This rapid growth challenges a state that already struggles with senior poverty. This issue isn’t unique to California. More than 15 million older adults in the United States face economic insecurity. Approximately half of seniors get…

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What You Should Know About Older Adults and Exercise

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What You Should Know About Older Adults and Exercise As you age, it often becomes harder to feel motivated to exercise every day. But exercise is one of the most important things seniors can do for their mental and physical health. Many health problems associated with aging can be slowed down, reduced or even eliminated…

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How Brown Bag Is Combatting Growing Senior Hunger

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There is an alarming trend growing among seniors throughout the nation. According to AARP, more than 5 million adults aged 60 and older are food insecure. These adults regularly go hungry because they can’t afford the food they need. Disability, low income and poor health are all common reasons for senior hunger. Food insecurity doesn’t…

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What to Know About Using Food as Medicine

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The United States is currently facing a nutritional crisis as a result of poor dietary choices and a compromised food system. Many of the foods consumed in the average household are calorically dense but nutritionally poor. To address this common problem and help enjoy optimal health as they grow older, it’s important to view food…

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Food is Medicine

At Mercy Brown Bag, we provide our recipients with 20lb bags of food twice a month. Here is the breakdown of one of our bags.. Fresh Produce and Fruit (53%) Items can include salad mix, potatoes, yams, onions, strawberries, apples, oranges, carrots, cabbage, squash, pears, plums, cauliflower, celery, brussel sprouts and more… Canned/Frozen Foods (12%)…

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