Emeritus at Pinehurst joins fight against poor nutrition

Published on Wednesday, 9 April 2014 00:12 - Written by Staff Reports

For the second year in row, Emeritus at Pinehurst in Tyler is helping combat senior malnutrition by joining Emeritus’ nationwide effort to deliver more than 10,000 meals to seniors in the next 60 days in honor of National Food Month.

The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that 4 million seniors in America — nearly one in 10 — suffer from poor nutrition.

Emeritus at Pinehurst, part of Emeritus Senior Living, an assisted living and memory care provider, is renewing its successful “10,000 Meals in 60 days” campaign by delivering meals to seniors in need and visiting with them to ensure they are able to get the nutrition they need.

“Seniors may not get the nutrition they need for a variety of reasons,” Lavonne Green, Dining Services director, said. “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.”

The “10,000 Meals” campaign is an extension of Pinehurst’s Home Visits program.

“We are committed to making sure 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,” Karla Jackson, executive director, said. “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.”

Those who know of local seniors needing a nutritious meal are asked to call Emeritus at Pinehurst at 903-534-4955. “We’ll deliver the meal along with a friendly face and some good conversation,” Jackson said.