One of the biggest risks older adults face is loneliness. Not only does it feel bad, but it can be bad for your health, causing depression which affects all parts of your body. Mealtime is one big culprit. Mealtime in our society is a very social event. Families gathered around a table, sharing their day, memories, insights, laughter, and love. As we age, the table often gets smaller – the kids grow up and move away, a spouse dies, friends move away, and soon, mealtime is more of a chore than a pleasure.
To protect your nutrition, you need to eat with others just as often as possible. SeniorsPlus offers a Community Dining program with places and opportunities for you to get together with friends, neighbors, and family to have a nutritious meal!
1. Lunch Plus Cafes, where you can gather once a week or more, and share a meal with others. Make a reservation and you’ll have a delicious hot meal ready and waiting for you! $3 donation requested. Locations are: Heritage Court and The Auburn Townhouse in Auburn, Meadowview Park in Lewiston, MTM Community Center in Lisbon Falls, Boofy Quimby Hall in Turner, Rangeley Town House in Rangeley, Nezinscot Village in Buckfield, and Muskie Center in Rumford.
2. Around Town Cafes. Get a voucher from us (suggested donation of $5), and use it anytime at a restaurant that partners with us in this program. When you go to the restaurant with your friends or family, ask for the SeniorsPlus menu. There you will have a great selection of entrees that fit our nutrition standards. Enjoy your meal, and “pay” for it with the voucher. Don’t forget that the tip is on you. Our restaurants include: Brickyard Café in Farmington, Campus Cuisine and Chick-a-Dee in Lewiston, Chuck Wagon in Livermore Falls, LaFleur’s in Jay, and Market Square in South Paris.
For more information, go to our website, www.seniorsplus.org/nutrition-services, or call us at 1-800-427-1241.
To good food and good health!