California’s Older Adult Population

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Californias Older Adult Population. Between 1950 and 2000, the older adult population grew almost 200%. It is expected to reach 14.6 million people by 2050, which will represent 25% of Californias population. Healthy Aging. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>PowerPoint Presentation</p> <p>Understanding CalFresh &amp; the Older Adult1Californias Older Adult PopulationBetween 1950 and 2000, the older adult population grew almost 200%.</p> <p>It is expected to reach 14.6 million people by 2050, which will represent 25% of Californias population.</p> <p>Healthy AgingNutrition is an essential component to successful and healthy aging.</p> <p>Food is critical to ones health and physiological well-being, and also contributes to social, cultural and psychological quality of life.</p> <p>Older Adults &amp;Threat of Hunger More than 16% of California seniors experienced the threat of hunger between 2001 and 2010.</p> <p>Seniors experiencing some form of food insecurity:Have lower calorie and nutrient intakesAre more likely to report poor healthAre hospitalized more frequentlyAre less able to perform daily tasksCalFresh Can HelpCalFresh can help older adults:Maintain food security and good health when resources are scarce.Purchase food such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and more.Purchase meals in some restaurants (in some areas).Benefit their local economy.Leverage other money to pay for basic needs.Improve their nutrient intake, improve their well-being, and maintain independence.</p> <p>5Challenge: Older Adults Do Not Apply for BenefitsOlder adults have the lowest participation rate, compared with other SNAP/CalFresh-eligible populations.</p> <p>In 2006, only 10% of eligible seniors participated in CalFresh, compared to 34% of eligible seniors who participated in SNAP nationally (2006).</p> <p>Why Older Adults Dont ApplyEmbarrassment: view food stamps as a handout or welfareBurdensome and overwhelming application processLack of transportation to the CalFresh OfficeMyths:Mistakenly think that social security retirement disqualifies them Dont want to take the benefit away from others</p> <p>Dispelling Myths and StigmaCalFresh is a nutrition assistance program, not a welfare program.CalFresh is easy to use with the EBT card.Special rules make it easier for adults aged 60 and older to get CalFresh.Using CalFresh puts money into your state and local economy.You may be eligible now even if you werent eligible in the past.See CalFresh Outreach Basics Handbook, Older Adults Appendix E for more detailed talking points to dispel myths when talking to seniors.</p> <p>Special Rules Make it Easier for Older Adults (60+) to QualifyNo gross income testSpecial income deductionsMedical costsShelter costsFace-to-face interview waiverExempt from quarterly/semi-annual reporting if they do not have earningsRecertification every 24 months if all adult household members are 60 or older</p> <p>Normal recertification period is 12 months.9Prescreening BasicsClient Age: If the client is aged 60 or older, they are considered elderly under CalFresh regulations and fall under the special rules.</p> <p>SSI Benefits: Older adults who are receiving SSI may be ineligible for CalFresh. However, receiving Social Security Retirement Benefits does not disqualify them. Assist the client to make sure they know what type of benefit they are receiving.</p> <p>Prescreening ToolsRefer to the CalFresh Outreach Basics Handbook, Chapter 5, for a basic prescreening guide. </p> <p>Consider using the CalFresh Outreach Excel Calculator for a more sophisticated tool that will help calculate net income.www.myfoodstamps.org/screeningtool.html </p> <p>What Happens After the Prescreen?Potentially ineligible:Gently inform the client that based on the prescreen he or she may not be eligible for CalFresh benefits. However, it is their right to apply and the county CalFresh office makes the final determination.Consider providing the client with a local resource list of nutrition resources.</p> <p>What Happens After the Prescreen?Potentially eligible:Inform the client they may be eligible for CalFresh benefits.The county CalFresh office determines eligibility.Encourage the client to fill out an application.Provide application assistance, if possible.Community-based organizations (CBO) may offer help completing the application and in gathering required documentation. </p> <p>Contact InformationPresenter Name, Title Organization Name Phone Email address</p>