Nutrition Program For Senior Citizens
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Nutrition program for the elderly, mainly aims at providing balanced and nutritional meals to people, who are above 60. Senior citizens have to manage on a fixed income and still meet with the expenses that towards growing health care costs, utility bills and cost of living. They often compromise on their own nutritional needs. Most of the seniors already are at a health risk and reducing nutrition only causes them to be prone to illnesses. The meals that are given via the Elderly Nutrition Program are responsible for one-third of the nutrients required on a daily basis.
There are various dining sites especially for seniors that provide a social environment for the elderly. They can meet other people and even join in some activities. They also can enjoy a hot meal at the same time. Dining centers like these are present in senior homes, churches, community buildings and in temples. Information on these dining sites is available in paper or the internet. Most of these dining sites offer hot meals at noon time. They are open on all the days and some are open only for 2 to 3 days in a week.
Meals are partially funded by the Older Americans Act. Meal plans also receive donations from various people. Donations are kept confidential, and are also encouraged from the members. Families can also purchase small gift coupons for their loved ones at such sites. Some people also provide evening meals as well as meals during the weekends. The dining sites are very organized and print the menus for a month. Senior meals are different from the ordinary and some even have diabetes diets. Most of the food provided is healthy and do not have additives, too much salt or sugar. They also provide transportation for the seniors. You can call the closest dining site and fix your pick up and drop facility.
The meals are flexible and are well suited for seniors who do not have the mobility. For seniors who cannot walk, home delivery of meals is arranged. The meals that are delivered to homes are partly funded through the Older Americans Act and partly via donations. There are private organizations that offer the “Meals on Wheels” plan. However, they charge standard fees for their services. Most of them provide all the three meals to the seniors. Some of them provide their services Mondays through Fridays, and some of them function even on the weekends. They have nutritional and therapeutic diet plans also.
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