Help Senior Citizens Access Proper Nutrition

Target: Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Health Canada

Goal: Help senior citizens get the nutrition they need to be healthy and live out the rest of their lives as comfortably as possible.

Over one-third of senior citizens in Canada are at risk of malnutrition because of the inability to access proper nutrition. Affordability, convenience, and other environmental factors are unnecessarily shortening the lives of Canada’s elderly population. Demand action from Canada’s health department to implement programs that will provide senior citizens with the nutrition they need to survive and thrive. They took care of us, now it’s our time to take care of them.

Many of the over 15,000 senior citizens interviewed in a recent study responded that they rarely ate fruits and vegetables, avoided cooking, and skipped meals often. The study showed that more women than men are at risk of malnutrition. Although these facts are shocking, they’re nothing new. Regardless, the Canadian health department must remedy this serious problem.

Limited incomes and mobility are huge contributing factors to senior malnutrition. Easily accessible foods, such as canned soups, are high in sodium, which leads to high blood pressure and heart attacks. Senior citizens are often unable to access public transportation or drive on their own, making it difficult to reach fresh food markets, especially during winter months. Seniors who live alone are often less motivated to cook healthy meals since they do not have others to share the meals with.

Senior citizens who are not already actively involved with family, volunteer organizations or churches are most vulnerable and need our help the most. Sign the below petition to urge Health Canada to implement more programs in local communities to bring healthy and nutritious foods to senior citizens who aren’t able to access such resources on their own.

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Dear Ms. Aglukkaq,

As with all nations, Canada has an obligation to take care of its senior citizens. However, recent studies have shown that Canada’s elderly population is suffering from more malnutrition than ever before. Limited finances, mobility, and motivation are keeping senior citizens from getting the fruits and vegetables they need to live healthily.

I am urging you to implement programs at the national level to help senior citizens gain access to the nutritious foods they need and deserve. By implementing a national program for senior citizen nutrition, you will bring much-needed awareness to this serious issue and influence individual provinces, cities, and neighborhoods to provide services to those most in need.


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