Originally Published: May 17, 2015 12:01 a.m.
PRESCOTT - Too many local seniors are eating alone.
New research shows that half of families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with their older loved ones.
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.
Home Instead Senior Care Owner Susan D. Abbott wants to change that reality.
She is asking families they serve in both Yavapai and Coconino Counties to take a Sunday Dinner pledge. With the pledge, families commit to scheduling regular meals with their senior loved ones.
"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime - it's who is at the table with them," Abbott said. "When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience - both nutritionally and emotionally."
For every pledge made, the agency will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels ¬to ensure all area seniors have access to healthy, nutritious meals. The agency has committed to donate up to $20,000.
With the pledge, families will also receive healthy, easy-to-make recipes and shopping guides to help make family meals a positive experience for all generations.
"We hope families will make the pledge to either revive or begin new mealtime traditions with their senior loved ones," Abbott said. "This small commitment can have a big impact on a senior's well-being."
With the Sunday Dinner Pledge program is a year's worth of healthy, easy-to-make recipes and shopping guides to help make family meals a positive experience for all generations.
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 928-708-9960 or 928-649-3316.