When it comes to taking care of our seniors in Volusia County, more of us need to turn a table for one into two.
Dangers of eating alone
When seniors are constantly eating alone, they can easily become malnourished from not having a balanced diet, losing weight from skipping meals altogether, or suffering from symptoms of depression from loneliness.
Poor nutrition can also contribute to bone and muscle health loss, which can lead to an increased risk of falling or breaking bones. In other cases, seniors may not be eating properly due to their finances, or lack of transportation to get to a grocery store or restaurant.
Finding meal companions
As you can see, eating with others can make a huge difference to the health and happiness of our seniors. However, if the senior lives at home alone, it can be difficult to find someone to eat with for three meals a day, seven days a week.
Here are some tips to encourage seniors to proactively find others to share meals with:
- Schedule a weekly dinner with family members
- Invite a neighbor over for lunch
- Go out to breakfast to a local diner where the friendly staff remembers you
- Join a local club or church group that organizes functions with meals
- Have meals delivered to you by our Meals on Wheels program or eat at one of our senior centers
Meals on Wheels
Our Meals on Wheels Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors who can be long term clients, or seniors in need of short term assistance while they are recovering from an illness or surgery.
To our seniors, our trained volunteers are so much more than the person who delivers them a meal. They offer a friendly smile, patient ears to listen, and their visit is often the highlight of our clients' day!
Meals are provided on a private pay basis, but as government funds become available, qualified seniors may be eligible for services at no charge or with a modest co-payment. Call us today for more details!
How you can help the seniors in your life
Proper nutrition is key for living a happy and healthy life. It's important that we make sure our seniors are eating balanced meals, and the best way to do this is to share the meal with them! Pick a date, decorate the table with colorful placemats, dishes, and flowers, and eat a hot, homecooked meal together. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!