New Elderly Companionship Program – Seniors and Loneliness

by MichelleR on July 15, 2011

Did you know that for Bay Area seniors and elders everywhere loneliness can be a serious obstacle to good nutrition?  Did you know 6.7 million people 75 and older live alone?  Home Instead Senior Care worked with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and have created a Craving Companionship program.

  • 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.
  • 76% of these seniors eat alone most the of time.
  • The biggest mealtime challenge for older people who live alone is lack of the shared family experience, including lack of companionship.
  • Mealtimes last almost twice as long when seniors who live alone share meals with others compared with when they eat alone.
  • More than three-fourths of seniors say they wish their families shared more meals together.
  • The most common reason why friends and family don’t engage in a meal is time.

Maybe we can think about joining our elder friends and family for upcoming meals and bring joy to their day!


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