Senior dining sites offer healthy meals

As people age, they need fewer calories, which in turn makes them at risk for malnutrition.

This can be avoided if more vitamins and minerals are in the food they do eat. Proper nutrition makes it possible to stay healthy and function later in life. While essential for healthy aging, older adults who eat nutritious food and drink adequate amounts of fluids have a better quality of life and are less likely to require care in a hospital, nursing home or other facility. These nutritionally sound meals are available through the Calumet County Nutrition Program. Calumet County offers six senior dining sites located throughout the county. They are located in Brillion, Chilton, Hilbert, New Holstein, Sherwood and Stockbridge. Individuals who no longer drive may request transportation from the Calumet County ADRC.

Each meal site provides a hot, nutritious meal at midday. Going to the dining site offers the participants the chance to meet new people, participate in bingo, cards, to join the senior clubs, and to enjoy special events throughout the year. Many participants volunteer to help with daily operations of the program. Reservations to eat at the site must be made 24 hours in advance by calling the number listed below.

The home delivered meal program delivers a meal directly to a homebound individual’s home. Not only does the participant receive a nutritious meal, but the volunteer home delivered meal drivers also provide a safety check for these home-bound individuals. Home delivered meals are also available in the Calumet County portion of Appleton.

The Calumet County ADRC invites anyone who is over 60 to participate in the Nutrition Program by either dining at one of the six senior dining sites or to inquire about the home delivered meals program. Nutrition program staff determines eligibility for the home delivered meals program. For more information about either program call the office at 849-1451.