Springwell & BayPath Team up to Celebrate 50 Years of Senior Nutrition
A Free Online Seminar for Residents of Greater Boston & MetroWest
March marks the 50th anniversary of the national Senior Nutrition Program. Funded by the Older Americans Act (OAA), local senior nutrition programs serve as hubs for older adults to access nutritious meals and other vital services that strengthen social connections and promote health and wellbeing.
To celebrate this golden anniversary, Springwell and BayPath Elder Services are jointly hosting an educational online seminar on March 23 at 2:00 PM about how senior nutrition programs can help you or a loved one who is age 60 or older. These programs combat senior hunger and malnutrition while helping seniors stay in their homes and connected to their communities.
Nutrition programs include both home-delivered meals and community dining options. When issues of mobility, illness or disability make it difficult to get out of the house, seniors can need a regular, nutritious meal delivered to their door. The delivery includes a friendly check-in with a caring driver who may be the only person some older adults see during the day and who provides an important link to additional services as they are needed. Older adults who are not home bound often enjoy opportunities to socialize and maintain connections. Senior luncheons at community dining sites are a great way to connect and enjoy a nutritious meal.
Last year, Springwell and BayPath provided more than 500,000 meals through a combination of home-delivered meals, community dining sites, and grab and go meals to more than 3,350 older adults. Springwell is designated by the Commonwealth to serve the towns of Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. BayPath serves Marlborough, Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Dover, Sherborn, Natick, Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury, Hudson, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough. While meeting increased demand during the pandemic, Springwell and BayPath worked to keep the older adults in our programs safe by changing our delivery practices, adding grab & go meal options for community sites where community dining isn’t possible, & delivering multi-pack frozen & shelf-stable meals to those receiving home-delivered meals.
During the anniversary online seminar, Springwell’s Director of Nutrition, Dalia Cohen, and BayPath’s Nutritionist, Traci Robidoux will explain how the senior nutrition programs can help maintain health and social ties for individuals and families in a wide range of situations. Please register to attend the online seminar here: https://springwell.com/mealsinfo/