Nutrition and Seniors During COVID-19
A Call for Help!
Good nutrition is one of the key factors of good health. As a society we recognize the importance of good prenatal care with proper diet for healthy infants. We fund healthy lunch programs for school age children because we know how important good nutrition is for learning to take place and it may be the one meal some kids get. There is another age group that is just as vulnerable, seniors, especially low-income seniors.
The National Council for Aging Care lists eight challenges to quality nutrition for seniors:
- Decreased sensitivity – smell, taste, appetite
- Medication side effects
- Poor dental health
- Lack of finances
- Lack of transportation
- Physical difficulty
- Memory Loss
Because of the recent challenges of COVID-19 an extremely important program addressing Senior Nutrition and Hunger in our own community has been hit with a major volunteer shortage. Meals on Wheels (MOW), a service of The Council on Aging of Martin County needs our help and many of us have wondered how we can give back during this time!
MOW is a ‘lifeline’ to the isolated, homebound, and frail, low-income seniors needing this essential meal and daily wellness check to stay safe, healthy, and connected. I have seen firsthand how important this service to these precious vulnerable people.
How can you help?
There are several volunteer opportunities associated with the program to choose from: Kitchen, crate packing, route sheets, bread pick up and meal delivery. How can you get started?