Hello from Holly…
You Don’t Have to Eat Alone!
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 a 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 and health, 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. Here 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 and St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston, MTM Community Center in Lisbon Falls, Boofy Quimby Hall in Turner, Rangeley Town House in Rangeley, Nezinscot Village in Buckfield, Muskie Center in Rumford and, coming soon, Farmington Community Center in Farmington.
2. Around Town Restaurants. Get a voucher from us (requested 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, tip not included. Our restaurants include: Brickyard Café in Farmington, Campus Cuisine and Chick-A-Dee in Lewiston, Chuck Wagon in Livermore Falls, LaFleur’s in Jay, Market Square in South Paris, and Douin’s Market & Diner in New Sharon.
For more information, go to our website www.seniorsplus.org or call us at 1-800-427-1241.
Holly Zielinski is the Director of Community Services for SeniorsPlus.