Nutrition plays a vital role in your overall health. Those living alone may find cooking a meal for one to be especially challenging. Aging Partners will work with you to ensure you are receiving proper nutrition. You can receive a balanced meal at one of our senior centers. Sharing meals with friends new and old is an added pleasure. We'll even help you find a ride to the center nearest you. Home delivered meals are also available.
With the aging of the U.S. population, increased attention is being given to delivering health and related services to older adults in a community. Since nutrition is critical to health, functioning, and quality of life, it is an important component of home and community-based services for older adults.
The nutrition program, here at Aging Partners, provides meals served in group settings and provides older adults with an option to take a cold meal home. Meals and other nutrition services are provided in a variety of settings, such as senior centers and churches.
- Group site meals
Meals are served weekdays throughout Aging Partners eight-county service area including senior centers, churches, senior housing facilities and community buildings.
- Home-delivered meals
When older adults cannot leave their homes and cannot personally prepare nutritious meals, home delivered meals are an available option. Volunteers who deliver meals to home bound older persons have an important opportunity to check on the welfare of the home bound elderly and are encouraged to report any health or other problems that they may observe during their visits.
Meals served under the Nutrition Program must provide at least one-third of the daily recommended dietary allowances established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.
The Nutrition Program also provides a range of related services including nutrition screening, assessment, education and counseling.
Adults age 60 and over who participate in either the group site (congregate) meal or home delivered meal programs are offered the opportunity to make voluntary suggested contributions toward the cost of the program.
Typically, federal and state funded meal programs allow for home-delivered meals on weekdays only. Nebraska participates in a public/private partnership program known as Meals on Wheels. The program is designed to raise funds for holiday, weekend and emergency meals, helping fill the "gaps" left by federal and state funded home-delivered meal programs.
Become a volunteer to prepare or deliver meals to seniors. Contact your local Senior Center or Meal on Wheels for information on volunteer opportunities.
Our registered dietitians provide one-on-one nutrition counseling to assess, evaluate, and problem- solve for individuals screened at-nutrition risk.
Nutrition Education Programs
Nutrition education is provided at each senior center with engaging presentations and handouts discussing nutrition topics that have been approved by our registered dietitians. A variety of programs have been developed in the following general areas: