Tyrone Hospital is pleased to participate in Comfort Keepers STOP Senior Hunger campaign during Hunger Action Month in September as a food deposit site.
Comfort Keepers has organized this annual food drive which will be underway throughout Central Pennsylvania and the nation during the month of September.
Please consider depositing non-perishable food items into the donation bin located by the main registration desk at Tyrone Hospital.
All food donations deposited will be directed to the Tyrone Area Food Bank and will be allocated for local senior citizens in need.
Facts about Senior Citizens and hunger:
At least one in nine seniors are at-risk of going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food for their household or having to choose between food and medical care.
Hunger can lead to malnutrition and other serious health problems in seniors.
Malnutrition is the result of the body not absorbing enough nutrients due to inaccessibility. Signs of malnutrition may include sudden weight gain or loss, bruising, or dental difficulties, sudden changes in taste, or a general disinterest in eating.
It is estimated that as many as 85% of seniors in the care of others are at risk for malnutrition.
For seniors, malnutrition means the potential for increased hospital stays, increased health complications, early entry into assisted living facilities and premature death.