Nutrition is a key component to staying well. Many aspects of aging can significantly impact our ability to eat and drink well. Limited mobility, fixed income, medical conditions, chewing and swallowing problems, depression, arthritis, poor vision, and memory loss are just some of the contributors to less than optimal intake.
Senior Resources coordinates and/or funds several options for improving nutrition through assistance, access and education to persons over 60 years old including Older Americans Act Title IIIC Elderly Nutrition Programs, caregiver education and support, self-management educational programs, benefits screening and referral to additional local agencies.
Senior Resources’ Registered Dietitian provides a variety of services and programs in our area to promote better nutrition for older adults. This is includes phone consultation, menu review, monitoring, educational material creation, research, and individualized counseling and assessment of Senior Nutrition Program Participants.
Community Cafes (Congregate Meal Program)
Community Cafes offer a nutritious meal in a social setting where participants can gather, eat well, have fun and discover additional resources in their area. Anonymous donations are requested but not required. Menus are developed monthly to meet 1/3 of the daily Dietary Reference Intake for seniors and include special events, ethnic themes and traditional favorites along with low fat milk, whole grain breads and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Meals are excellent for people with common conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Group nutrition education is offered quarterly at each congregate meal site. Please contact the café in your area for specific serving times and to make reservations.
For a list of Community Cafes in eastern Connecticut contact Kathy Chase at 860-383-1536.
Meals on Wheels
Home delivered meals are provided to seniors who cannot leave their home on a regular basis. Meals are typically delivered hot as a midday meal with an additional cold meal for the evening when necessary. The daily contact with friendly and specially trained drivers is a tremendous additional benefit, providing “More than just a Meal”. Meals are federally funded but donations are requested. Each meal provides 1/3 of the daily Dietary Reference Intake for seniors with an overall plan well suited for low sodium, cardiac, diabetes and other medical concerns.
Home delivered meal recipients are visited by our Registered Dietitian annually for an individualized in-home assessment with education and counseling as needed. This is also an opportunity to provide access to other potential service needs so that the homebound client has similar access to services offered through our offices and local senior centers.
To start Meals on Wheels, contact:
Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA):
81 Stockhouse Road
Bozrah, CT 06334
(800) 560-5015 or (860) 886-1720;
www.tvcca.org serving New London and Windham Counties
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs
Senior Resources can assist with application and use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps. Seniors enjoy a less complicated application process and a less frequent re-evaluation period (2 years v. 6 months) than non-senior applicants. SNAP benefits are now provided in a less conspicuous way by use of a debit card.
Eligible Seniors generally receive between $20 and $200 per month for the purchase of food, based on need. Find more information at www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ or try the pre-screening tool at ctfoodstamps.org/. Consider having a benefit screening through the Benefits Counseling program for more holistic approach to meeting a variety of needs. Seniors may qualify for additional programs which help with the whole financial, physical and emotional needs of aging. There is a definite benefit to applying to some programs in particular order or through less complicated methods. The end result is a better plan of making life better, easier and healthier.
Farmers Market Program
Farmers Market Vouchers are distributed to eligible recipients during the summer and fall. Seniors can get a packet of vouchers worth approximately $18 to spend at a local Farmer’s Market.
Food Pantries are available in many areas. Times of service and location can vary. Please contact your local senior center or call the State Information line 2-1-1 for the most up to date information.
For more information about meals or assistance with food, please call Senior Resources at 860-887-3561 or 1-800-690-6998.
The Mobile Food Pantry provides fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins, and other healthy foods for FREE distribution to individuals and families in need.