SHERIDAN — According the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly one in 10 seniors in America suffers from poor nutrition. This can exacerbate problems already common among seniors including depression, improper healing and a depressed immune system.
In conjunction with National Nutrition Month, Emeritus at Sugarland Ridge is trying to help combat this problem by delivering 10,000 complimentary meals to seniors in 60 days and visiting with them to ensure they are able to get the nutrition they need every day.
The project began March 1 and will continue through the end of April.
“Seniors may not get the nutrition they need for a variety of reasons,” said Robin Wacker, dining services director, in a press release. “For some, it’s due to a lack of financial resources; for others, a lack of reliable transportation. And in many cases, isolation and depression have caused seniors to lose interest in cooking and eating healthfully.”
Emeritus at Sugarland Ridge has long been providing outreach to seniors who live at home through their home visits program.
“The 10,000 meals initiative also supports our ‘Safely Somewhere’ program, ensuring that no matter where a senior lives, they are safe and living a purposeful life,” said Executive Director Theresa Hamilton in the press release.
To help meet their goal, Emeritus is asking for assistance. If you know of a local senior who could use a nutritious meal, call Emeritus at Sugarland Ridge 674-5575.
Emeritus at Sugarland Ridge is part of Emeritus Senior Living, one of the nation’s largest assisted living providers.