Loneliness – it’s one of the most serious obstacles to good nutrition
that your senior loved one could face. In the United States,
approximately 40 percent of the population age 75 and older – 6.7
million people – lives alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These
seniors face significant socialization challenges, particularly when it
comes to lack of shared mealtime experiences.
impact of loneliness prompted the Home Instead Senior Carenetwork to
conduct a first-of-its-kind study* to measure mealtime routines,
challenges and preferences of seniors age 75 plus who live by themselves
in their own homes or apartments.
This comprehensive study, which
involved 600 interviews, provides evidence that increased opportunities
for seniors to share meals with others will promote nutritional and
emotional well-being. Key findings include:
a result of this study, the Home Instead Senior Care network launched
the Craving Companionship program to encourage extended families to
bring back the family meal for the benefit of their seniors, especially
those who live alone.
For more information, visit www.mealsandcompanionship.com. The program includes a variety of resources such as recipes and tips to help family caregivers make the most of mealtimes.
Home Instead Senior Care network completed 600 telephone interviews
with seniors age 75 and older in the U.S. who live alone in their own
homes or apartments. The sampling error is +/-4.0% at a 95% confidence
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