Proper nutrition is the key to remaining healthy and active. As people age, nutrition becomes an even more important factor to remaining independent and within their homes as they age. There are a variety of reasons that proper nutrition becomes an issue with older people including lack of physical mobility, loss of the senses of taste and smell, or income restraints.
To help ensure older people get the proper nutrition they need Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging is actively working to expand congregate and home delivered meals within the area. Meals are available to:
Individuals 60 years of age and older
Spouse of any age
Disabled persons who reside at home and accompany the older adults to meals
Disabled persons under 60 years who reside in housing facilities primarily occupied by older adults where congregate meals are served
Nutrition service volunteers
Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging's congregate and home delivered meals are available on a contribution basis for those aged 60 and over. Persons under age 60 must pay the actual cost of the meal.
"Congregate meal sites are the ideal setting for older people due to the added benefit of social interaction with other people within their community," stated Sally Myers, Associate Director of Program Services for Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging.
A study conducted by Harvard found that social activities were as important for older people to remain healthy as regular exercise. Social interactions and activities reduce stress, make people feel worthy and needed and stimulate the mind.
If you are interested having a congregate meal site in your area, would like more information about home delivered meals, or are interested in volunteering, call Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging's Senior Help Line toll free at 877-538-0508. Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging's meal expansion project is made possible through funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
HVAAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving older persons in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties. HVAAA coordinates services for people ages 60 and older and their caregivers to maintain the independence they desire. Some of the services provided by HVAAA include home delivered meals, caregiver support and respite services, case management services, congregate meals, consumer protection, public information and education, Senior Helpline, and advocacy.