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No Senior Eats Alone Day

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The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) is inviting everyone to participate in No Senior Eats Alone Day on Thursday, September 12, or any day of their choosing during the week of September 9 through 15. The goal is to help make older adults feel valued and connected, establish better eating habits and improve nutrition and health. We also encourage partners to join us in drawing attention to the impact of social isolation. 

Ways to Participate

Help make a difference—one person at a time—for the 190,000 adults over the age of 60 in Baltimore County:

  • Share a meal with an older adult that you work or volunteer with.
  • Take an older adult out to a restaurant or prepare a meal at home for them.
  • Provide a gathering space for older adults to eat together.
  • Host a special meal with activities and entertainment through a local church, community center or organization.
  • Provide a discount at restaurants or offer a special price for seniors. 
  • Promote the event through your friends, family and local organizations.
  • Sign up for a meal at a local senior center or senior housing facility, or invite an older adult to join if you already attend.

Partner Registration

Individuals, businesses, churches, community groups, senior housing, restaurants and more can participate as a partner by holding either a public or private event on No Senior Eats Alone Day or during the week of September 9 through 15.

 Register to participate as a partner.

Event Dates and Locations

Register to attend one of the following No Senior Eats Alone Day events near you.

Thursday, September 12

Organization: Baltimore County Department of Aging
Location: All Baltimore County Senior Centers and nutrition sites.
Time: Varies depending on location.
Description:
Come enjoy a special meal with BCDA and its partners on this day to enhance awareness of the importance of living connected. We will be serving chicken cordon bleu, orange pineapple juice, yellow rice pilaf, buttered broccoli florets, white wheat roll, milk and blueberry crisp. (Kosher meals are available at specific sites.)
Cost: Free (donations welcome)
Registration: C
ontact your local senior center to register for the event. Attendees must register by September 3.

Community Partners

The following businesses and organizations are offering events open to the public in conjunction with No Senior Eats Alone Day.

Partner

Description

Location

Cost

Contact

Atrium Village

Lunch starting at 11 a.m. RSVP by September 3.

4730 Atrium Court
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

Free

410-363-0330

Baltimore County Ombudsman Program

Ombudsman staff, volunteers and interns dine with residents during lunch and snack time. RSVP by September 2. Volunteer to assist.

Designated long term care sites in Parkville, Towson, Catonsville and Dundalk.

Free

410-887-4200

Baltimore County Public Library

Enjoy a special meal with friends. Ages 60 and older are welcome for a meal from noon to 1 p.m. RSVP by September 11.

Five locations are available:

Free

410-887-0238

Liberatore's at Honeygo

Receive ten percent off your bill all day if you mention No Senior Eats Alone Day. No RSVP necessary.

5005 Honeygo Center Drive
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128

Cost of meal

410-529-4567

The following businesses and organizations are offering events that are not open to the public in conjunction with No Senior Eats Alone Day.

  • Beautiful Beginnings Home Care Agency
  • Caregivers of the Potomac
  • Comfort First Home Care
  • Help At Home Services
  • Home Helpers Home Care
  • Middle River Assembly Of God

More Information

Sharing meals together improves health, happiness and social connection. When older adults share a meal, it can:

  • Increase life expectancy.
  • Improve mental health and cognitive status. 
  • Encourage more nutritious meals with higher satisfaction. Older adults who live alone are 49 percent more likely to have poor nutritional habits, which increases their risk of illness and hospitalization.
  • Increase feelings of motivation to care for themselves.
  • Decrease high blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Lower feelings of depression and loneliness. Older adults who eat alone are twice as likely to be depressed and 79 percent more likely to have greater feelings of isolation.
  • Reduce risk for physical and psychological health decline. Older adults who eat alone are at a 59 percent higher risk of physical and mental decline.
  • Decrease risk of falls due to better nutrition.

For more information about No Senior Eats Alone Day, call 410-887-3052.

 
Revised July 18, 2019         

 

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