Craving Companionship

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Do you know what most seniors want for dinner? The answer may surprise you. According to research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network, an overwhelming number of seniors say that having someone to share their meals makes those times more satisfying for them.

The survey of seniors age 75 and older showed that:

  • Seventy-six percent of these seniors eat alone most of the time.
  • Two of five seniors who live alone have at least four warning signs of poor nutritional health.
  • One in five seniors says he or she sometimes or most of the time feels lonely when eating alone.
  • Seventy-eight percent of these seniors wished their families shared more meals together.

We work with seniors every day, so we know how important companionship can be to them – especially during mealtimes. That’s why we developed the Craving Companionship program -- to encourage families, friends, neighbors and others to make sure the seniors they know and love are not forgotten.

We also are asking families to dig into their recipe box, find that favorite dish and share it with others through our Craving Companionship Recipe Contest. Along with the recipe, we want those who submit recipes to tell us what makes that recipe special to your family – perhaps it’s the dessert that’s served for every birthday or the dish that’s shared every Thanksgiving. Recipes will be accepted through September 15, 2011… after which there will be three week period so the public can vote for their favorites.

The top vote getter will receive a $500 gift card to purchase all the ingredients they will need to host an old-fashioned family dinner. The top 50 vote-getters will be included in a special cookbook called Homemade Memories which will be available later this year. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will benefit the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation.

To learn more about the contest and to find out how you can enter, please visit


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