WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Many elderly Americans with low incomes who need meals services do not receive them despite the growing need for such programs, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed.
“An estimated 90 percent of low-income older adults do not receive meals services like those funded by Older Americans Act (OAA),” the report released on Monday said.
Low income older adults are defined as those aged 60 and older with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold.
“About 83 percent do not receive meals among low-income adults who are food insecure, meaning they report three or more conditions such as skipping meals because they did not have enough money for food,” the report said.
An estimated 27 percent, or 16 million, of Americans aged 60 and older likely need home-based care, according to the GAO's analysis of 2012 Health and Retirement Study data.
The OAA of 1965 was enacted to help older adults remain in their homes and communities.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress and investigates how the US federal government spends taxpayer dollars