Participation in food security programs may slow memory decline


  • Implementation of programs similar to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may have beneficials effects on memory function at a population level.

Why this matters

  • SNAP is a program that helps low-income households achieve food security in the USA. Improvement in nutritional intake may enhance the cognitive health of older adults; however, studies examining the relationship are lacking.

  • If there is an association between SNAP users and reduced memory decline, more eligible participants may be encouraged to participate in SNAP and similar food security programs.