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BREAKING BREAD Encourage seniors to share a meal with others whenever possible, whether it’s with a church group, Social Congregate Meal location, or a friendly cafe. older adults are embarrassed because they ENCOURAGE DINING WITH OTHERS don’t want to appear or feel old. In other cases, The act of dining with others is inherently social. the device may be overly expensive and not In “Food and Eating: An Anthropological Perspec- covered by insurance. We should positively tive,” Robin Fox writes that eating is “a profoundly encourage and facilitate the use of adaptive aids social urge. Food is almost always shared; people that make it possible for seniors to have active eat together; mealtimes are events when the whole and involved social lives. family or village comes together. Food is also an NOTIFY NEIGHBORS Because socially isolated seniors may be vulnerable to a variety of unexpected problems, including dementia, their loved ones should con- sider informing members of the community that there is a vulnerable adult in the neighborhood. occasion for distributing, giving and sharing for the expressing of altruism, whether from parents to children, children to in-laws, or anyone to visitors.” Encourage seniors to share a meal with others. It will also promote better nutrition, which is crucial for older adults. Trusted neighbors within a block radius can be introduced to the senior and informed about any particular issues he/she may have, and asked to keep a friendly eye out in case anything seems amiss. SENIORRESOURCEASSOCIATION.ORG 7