Mealtimes aren’t something we take part in just for physical sustenance – they’re the backbone of daily life. Think of some of your favorite memories and you’ll likely find that food features heavily in many of them. Family mealtimes, dinners stretching late into the night with old friends, holiday gatherings – food doesn’t just nourish us physically, it feeds us spiritually. Here are 3 benefits of dining for senior living that make each meal a joy.
Nutritious and Delicious
Aging means that your loved one’s dietary needs also evolve. Activity levels and metabolism slow, which means that less calories are needed at this stage of life. Depending on your loved one’s individual needs, they may even require a special diet, such as one low in sodium or fat. On the other hand, residents at senior living communities may require higher levels of particular nutrients. Whatever the case, senior living communities strive to provide a dining selection that is tailor-made for adults in their golden years. Many make the effort to ensure that their meals are crafted from the freshest ingredients, and that they aren’t just healthy, but scrumptious. Eating well doesn’t mean having to dull your palate! As dining options get more competitive, many senior living communities are opting for chef-prepared meals for their residents, leading to nutritious and delicious meals.
Those who live alone tend to make poorer food choices than those with more socially active lifestyles. When alone, we may not feel the need to make healthy, large meals, and may end up opting for pre-packaged, frozen food or to skip meals altogether. Neither of these two choices are healthy in the long run. Sharing our meals with others, however, means that we make better food choices – ones that are healthier and that can sustain us for longer. After all, we tend to linger and think about the things we enjoy.
At senior living communities, dining is also an opportunity for your loved one to socialize with their peers. Many dining centers are set up restaurant-style, making it easy for your loved one to dine with their friends at any occasion – breakfast, lunch, dinner or special events! While the food is fantastic, what it’s really about is community.
Another perk about dining at a senior living community is that it’s really just convenient. The dining team at senior living communities takes care of everything – from conceptualizing the menu, to sourcing the ingredients, to preparing the meals, and cleaning up afterwards. It’s truly a fuss-free experience for your loved one.
If your loved one has mobility or memory issues, this convenience then becomes a necessity. You won’t have to worry about them being unable, or forgetting to, perform meal-related tasks at a senior living community. All of these tasks can be laborious or even downright dangerous (the kitchen can be difficult to navigate for those in your loved one’s age group) to perform, so one of the benefits of senior living dining is that your loved one no longer has to worry about when, where or how to eat. All they’ll have to do is head down and enjoy the meal and companionship!