Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Local Recipe Contest: Share Memories, Meals With Older Relatives

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Tucson's Home Instead Senior Care office is holding a recipe contest to encourage families to invite their senior relatives over for dinner, especially if those relatives live alone.

More from Home Instead Senior Care:

What does an older adult who lives alone want most for dinner? The answer may surprise you.

According to new research, an overwhelming majority of seniors say that having someone to share their meals with makes those times more satisfying for them. The survey of seniors age 75 and older who live alone showed that:

· Seventy-six percent of these seniors eat alone most of the time.
· Two of five seniors who live alone have at least four warning signs of poor nutritional health.
· One in five seniors says he or she sometimes or most of the time feels lonely when eating alone.
· Seventy-eight percent of these seniors wished their families shared more meals together.

That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the greater Tucson area has launched a new program called Craving Companionship — which encourages families to dig into their recipe box, find that favorite dish and share it with their senior loved ones.

We also are asking families to enter that recipe in our Homemade Memories Recipe Contest which runs through September 15, 2011.

Enter the contest through the Homemade Memories Facebook page.

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