Montrose, Colorado – According the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly one in ten seniors in America suffers from poor nutrition. This can exacerbate problems already common among seniors, including depression, improper healing, and a depressed immune system.
Sunrise Creek, part of Emeritus Senior Living, the nation’s largest assisted living and memory care provider, is helping combat this problem by delivering 10,000 complimentary meals to seniors in 60 days and visiting with them to ensure they are able to get the nutrition they need every day.
“Seniors may not get the nutrition they need for a variety of reasons,” says Maxine Lemus, Sunrise Creek’s Dining Services Director. “For some, it’s due to a lack of financial resources; for others, a lack of reliable transportation. And in many cases, isolation and depression have caused seniors to lose interest in cooking and eating healthfully.”
“We are committed to making sure that every senior in need in this area finds the combination of programs and services that serves them best, even if they do not live with us,” says Tony Licwinko, Sunrise Creek’s Executive Director. “The 10,000 Meals initiative also supports our ‘Safely Somewhere’ program, ensuring that no matter where a senior lives, they are safe and living a purposeful life.”
To help meet their goal, Emeritus is asking for help. If you know of a local senior who could use a nutritious meal, please find the Emeritus community nearest you and give them a call. “Sunrise Creek will deliver the meal along with a friendly face and some good conversation,” says Licwinko.
If you are interested in helping a senior get the nutrition they need, please call Erin Berge, Community Relations Director, at 970-240-0600.