Check on the elderly and vulnerable during heat waves

Every year there are numerous heat waves that hit all parts of the country. Sometimes there is extreme heat in the more traditional northern states or cities as well, such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, etc. No matter where you live, anytime the temperature hits 90 or higher or the humidity picks up, be sure to check in with any vulnerable neighborhoods.

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Lower life expectancy for states high in poverty rates

The poor live have a shorter lifespan than middle income Americans or the wealthy. This is what many people may have expected, and it was recently confirmed from a study done by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In fact there have been other research papers done over the years which have also indicated this.

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Retirees turning to gig economy

Retirees and senior citizens often struggle to keep up with their bills while living on a fixed income, so they are working. Others want to stay active in the community, or challenge themselves mentally…so they are staying employed as well. The gig economy is one way for them to get a flexible job to both bring in a few extra dollars per month and to help them stay active in their local community.

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Food insecurity impacts 42 million individuals

As many as 42 million Americans are food insecure as of 2015, which is the latest data available. The United States Department of Agriculture and Feeding America report on this figure each year. While over 40 million people struggle to get the groceries they need, this is actually a major improvement since as recently as 2009, when 50 million were food insecure.

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