I think people just don’t want to cook. My mother, who lived to 84, just didn’t want to cook. When her husband died he was seriously malnourished. She sat in her recliner and ate cookies and crackers.
I’m 72 and don’t particularly want to cook, but I do.
I was given several cases of 2# bags of lentils and yellow split peas. I kept a couple of cases of each for myself and tried to share with other people and no one is interested. They don’t even know what lentils are. Sad, I can only keep so much (I do have a big stash), the excess is going to the live stock.
My parents are both in their 90’s now and my mother still cooks for both of them. I’m not a big fan of cooking, but i know how to use a microwave and I love peanut butter. :)
There is almost no real excuse for boomers to not have enough money for food. There is Social Security, pensions (if you didnt regularly job hop), IRAs and 401ks.
If your Boomer retirement plan was Social Security and my kids will take care of me, you are an idiot.
Side note: there are a significant number of retired Boomers who are having a portion of their SS checks withheld because they never paid off their college student loans. Incredible: They probably worked for 40 to 45 years after college, and they never paid off these loans.
Some old folks can no longer cook.
It is a simple thing I have done all mylife but I no longer have the energy to do it.