Whether it’s the Norman Rockwell ideal of a piping hot roast
turkey with all the trimmings, take-out sushi, or anything in between, nearly
every family has a tradition of gathering together, at least occasionally, for
Sadly, that tradition seems to be declining, and it's seniors
who tend to feel the loss most acutely. In fact, in a recent study conducted by
Home Instead Senior Care, half of the families who responded feel they do not
have enough sit-down dinners with their senior relatives who live near them.
That’s why we’re encouraging families right here in the Quad Cities to take the Sunday
Dinner Pledge. For each person who commits to regularly scheduling family
dinners with senior loved ones between now and July 31, 2015, the Home Instead Senior
Care Foundation will donate $1 (up to $20,000) to Meals on Wheels America.
To help families who take the pledge, Home Instead Senior
Care has partnered with Food Network celebrity Chef Melissa d’Arabian to
highlight the importance of regular family dinners. In addition, a dietitian
for the Home Instead Senior Care network has developed easy, nutritious recipes
and healthy food plans. Other resources include tips for how to involve seniors
in meal planning and preparation, pre- and post-dinner activities and
suggestions for senior friendly meal planning at home or away. You can learn
more by clicking here.
For more information about making mealtimes healthier and
more enjoyable for seniors, or to inquire about a professional CAREGiver to
provide companionship and other services for your senior, please contact Steve Habenicht at 563-359-0027.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.
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