Steve Habenicht from the Quad Cities area is on a
mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior
loved ones. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families
living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older
loved ones, losing an important family connection.
“For seniors, it’s
not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime – it’s who is at the
table with them,” said Habenicht, owner
of the local Home Instead Senior Care®
office. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime
experience – both nutritionally and emotionally.”
Almost 75 percent
of the people surveyed said they only sit down for a family meal with senior
loved ones for special occasions, events or holidays. They say a big part of
the problem is time – both not having enough of it and conflicting schedules.
families to make time for these meals, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation® will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America (up to $20,000 total through
July 31, 2015) for each person that commits to regularly scheduling family
dinners at SundayDinnerPledge.com. Pledging to have a sit-down dinner with
loved ones will help to ensure other seniors will have a quality meal through
the Meals on Wheels program.
“We hope families
will make the pledge to either revive or begin new mealtime traditions with
their senior loved ones,” Habenicht said. “This small commitment can have a big
impact on a senior’s well-being.”
To help families
across the country host their own Sunday dinner, Home Instead Senior Care has
partnered with celebrity chef and mother of four Melissa d’Arabian to develop
easy, nutritious recipes. Additional resources include tips for how to involve
seniors in meal planning and preparation, pre- and post-dinner activities and
meal plans for healthy, inexpensive meals that all generations can enjoy.
For these free
resources and more information on how you can bring back the Sunday dinner and
reconnect with your senior loved ones, visit www.SundayDinnerPledge.com or call Home
Instead Senior Care at 563-359-0027.
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