Research

More meals for seniors could save $

Doing better by doing good

Kali Thomas, researcher and Meals on Wheels volunteer, is beginning a randomized study to quantify the quality of life impact of expanding meal programs for seniors — an ironic research opportunity made possible by the federal sequester. Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University

Home-delivered meals bring not only food to seniors but also the
opportunity to remain in their homes. A new study by Brown University
public health researchers projects that if every U.S. state in the lower
48 expanded the number of seniors receiving meals by just 1 percent,
1,722 more Medicaid recipients avoid living in a nursing home and most
states would experience a net annual savings from implementing the
expansion