Come Eat!: Social Connection and Nutrition in Senior Living

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Laughter is brightest where food is best. -Irish Proverb

One of the joys of life is gathering and eating together. Even the most committed introvert can be persuaded to surface with the promise of homemade salsa and warmed tortilla chips.

As we age, the need for both social connection and good nutrition only increase in importance.

Seniors who live alone may not always eat adequately nutritious meals on a regular basis. Physical limitations and cognitive challenges can stand in the way of meal preparation, and eating alone can emphasize a feeling of loneliness. In fact, research has shown that eating alone can lead to a loss in appetite, increasing risks for malnutrition.

Malnourishment in older adults can be serious, resulting in an elevated number of falls and hospital stays. On the other hand, good nutrition has an abundance of benefits. For example, a well-rounded plant-based diet can have a postitive effect on brain health, reduced risk of certain cancers, lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes, weight loss, better sleep, easier digestion, and increased energy levels.

Bringing health and happiness together

Senior communities provide daily nutrition coupled with the joy of eating with friends and peers. Many seniors report mealtime to be their favorite time of day, something to anticipate rather than dread.

Cogir Senior Living prides itself on hiring the best chefs. Our staff are passionate about their menus, which are always balanced to meet the high expectations of our expert nutrition consultants, as well as our deserving and discerning residents. Additionally, our chefs have the freedom to take advantage of locally-sourced ingredients and specialties, ensuring peak freshness and deliciousness.

Cogir Senior Living believes that our all-day dining rooms provide the best possible meal experiences for our residents. Access to nutritious food is not limited to certain times of the day, and our residents are free to create their own schedules based on their own preferences. Our dining rooms are great places to connect with friends—or even make a new one.

We invite you to reach out to your local Cogir Senior Living Community. We would love to have you for a tour and a meal!

Some “Did You Know?” nutrition facts for seniors:

  • Among the most important nutrients for seniors are potassium, calcium, vitamin D, dietary fiber, and vitamin B12. Focus on these nutrients when planning menus and meals.
  • Eating a diet high in protein and low in sugar can help minimize inflammation which is known to impact arthritis, cancer, and memory loss.
  • With age, seniors may lose their sense of thirst. In fact, dehydration is one of the top three causes of hospitalizations in seniors. Remember to drink water often. Low- or fat-free milk, including lactose-free options or fortified soy beverage and 100% juice can also help you stay hydrated. Limit beverages that have lots of added sugars or salt.

Sources: "Nutrition for Seniors: Tips for Caregivers." WebMD, Nov. 2021

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