Eat Better. Eat Together

by Joey

Dinnertime is more than just eating food; it is a time for families to socialize and to connect with one another:  to tell stories, have a laugh and talk about their day while enjoying a home-cooked meal. Family meals allow us to come together—to pass down generation-old recipes or to make new treasured memories at the table. Today, families rarely eat together, and the impact is felt especially on older generations. The limited interaction leads to poor health, loneliness and depression among older adults. 

Seniors who regularly eat alone are at a higher risk for a variety of health problems especially malnutrition. Malnutrition can cause unintentional weight loss, fatigue or dizziness which can lead to falls and broken bones. In Canada and the US, malnutrition is a serious problem in older adults especially for those who have difficulty eating or preparing meals.Many seniors around the country also experience the repercussions of loneliness and isolations leading to depression, anxiety and other chronic health problems.

Did You Know?

Helping your senior parent with companionship during mealtimes could be one of the most important ways to help them maintain their independence, feel happier, and age well.

Enjoy company while doing errands, go grocery shopping with a friend or a Helper Bee!

Invite a friend to share cooking responsibilities—you make dinner, and I’ll bake the cookies! Cooking with others can be a fun way to strengthen any relationship all while splitting the food bill!

The simple act of talking to a friend or loved one over the dinner table can make all the difference. Regular family gatherings around the table can relieve stress and improve overall mood.

Sharing a meal together as a family or helping your loved one connect with a Helper Bee or friend group to share meals with can make all the difference for your parent’s health and wellbeing.

At The Helper Bees we understand the importance of family and we’re here to help take care of the people who took care of you! 

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