Russell Sage Foundation, National Institutes of Health NIA Center
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest food and nutrition assistance program in the U.S. For older adults currently on SNAP, meeting administrative requirements to remain on SNAP is difficult due to short recertification time frames, a lack of social support, and cognitive impairment. This brief summarizes results of a recent study examining the impact of cognitive decline on SNAP participation among adults aged 60 yrs. and older. Findings demonstrate that cognitive decline and living alone are associated with reduced SNAP participation, with older females being the most affected.
Cognitive Ability, SNAP, Food Security, Health Policy
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Financial support for the development of the research manuscript was received, in part by the Russell Sage Foundation (Grant Number 1905-15081) and by the Center for Aging and Policy Studies at Syracuse University, funded by the National Institutes of Health NIA Center (Grant Number P30AG066583).
Heflin, Colleen; Zuo, Dongmei; and Alphonso, Gabriella, "Limited Cognitive Ability May Reduce SNAP Participation among Older Adults" (2022). Population Health Research Brief Series. 197.
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