Archive for the 'Senior Hunger' CategorySeptember 21, 2015
Chef Terah recently led a class for seniors at the Plymouth Apartments in Winter Park. They discussed senior health and nutrition, in addition to a cooking demonstration featuring black eyed pea salad.
The residents of this active independent living facility were quite interested in nutrition. They had many questions for Chef Terah, which made for a very engaging class. We took a few moments to ask Ivonne Jimenez, Community Assistant at the Plymouth, a few questions about the clients she serves.
Why do you feel nutrition is important for the population you serve?
Ivonne: Nutrition is very important for everyone, especially seniors. One in ten seniors in America is at risk of experiencing hunger at any time during any given month. The senior hunger problem is only getting worse as social programs and services experience budget cuts. Hunger at any age is a serious concern, but for seniors, a lack of nutritious food can have a considerable impact on health and independence. Seniors at risk of being hungry, are less likely to be in excellent or very good health, and more likely to be diabetic, suffer from depression, and other illnesses related to poor nutrition.
As you might expect, poverty is one big reason why seniors go hungry. But money is only part of the problem. As we age, tasks like grocery shopping and cooking meals can become increasingly difficult. This can create a dangerous downward spiral of poor health and decreased independence.
Your residents were very receptive to learning about cooking and nutrition. How do you engage residents to participate in nutrition education?