Meals and Snacks

Meals and Snacks at The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place offers participants a continental breakfast, a delicious noon meal and an afternoon snack daily.

Does your loved one need help feeding themselves? Our professional staff are always eager and willing to help, however they can.

Meeting Nutritional Needs

We all have a unique set of nutritional needs that can be influenced by chronic illness, disabilities, sensory losses, oral health problems, and multiple medications.  Helping older adults and adults with disabilities maintain independence is a primary goal for The Gathering Place. 

A healthy diet packed with vital nutrients can help ward off potential health problems like, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.   Nutritious foods will also help you maintain a healthy weight and can work wonders for your energy level.  

The Gathering Place recognizes many folks have dietary requirements based on their medications and illnesses. Our professional staff offer education and assistance regarding those requirements, and meals are tailored accordingly.  Our professional staff are always eager and willing to help!

Healthy and Flavorful Food

The Gathering Place follows the USDA guidelines for adults to help our participants meet their nutritional needs.  The USDA guidelines for adults assures all our meals are nutritious, healthy and flavorful.

Friends and Conversation

Food always tastes better when it is shared with friends and accompanied by lively conversation. The Gathering Place serves meals that provide one-third of the recommended daily nutritional needs for adults.  

Research indicates that meal time shared with friends and family offers many benefits such as relief of loneliness and depression, stimulation through trying new things and improved self-satisfaction.

Celebrations

There is nothing like a celebration!  The Gathering Place celebrates alot and its all about the food...holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, accomplishments, loss, the list is endless.  Our Thanksgiving celebration of volunteers, the annual Open House, summer barbeques, the Annual Meeting and Christmas all feature traditional and new flavors.

Tips to Boost Your Nutritional Health

As you make food choices to improve your nutrition, keep these tips in mind:

  • Stick to healthy fats. Choose healthy fats found in seeds, nuts, avocados, fatty fish, and vegetable oils rather than saturated fats and trans fats.
  • Drink up. Water, of course. To stay hydrated, drink a lot of water and non-caffeinated beverages and eat foods with high water content (like soups, cucumbers, grapes, and melons) unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.

  • Opt for whole grains. These fiber- and nutrient-rich foods will help your digestion and protect your heart. Choose brown rice, whole grain cereals, and whole wheat bread instead of white bread and refined grains.

  • “Rough up” your diet. Include a variety of high-fiber foods every day, such as raw fruits and vegetables and whole grains. These foods help cut down on constipation; provide the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients that you need for healthy aging; help maintain your weight; and reduce your risk of heart problems. If you’re not sure you’re getting enough fiber, talk to your doctor about supplements.

  • Pack in protein. Power your body with lean proteins like beans, eggs, chicken and fish, lean meats, and nuts.

  • Remember that calcium is critical. Everyone needs calcium to protect bone health, but seniors should really bone up on calcium-rich foods like low-fat dairy products. A calcium supplement, usually paired with vitamin D — its partner in bone building — can also help you get what you need.

  • Shop for B12. As an older adult, you should also look for foods, like cereals, that are fortified with vitamin B12. Because of the body’s decreased ability to absorb B12, getting more through diet and supplements will ensure that you meet your requirements.

We know our participants may have strict dietary requirements depending on their medications and illnesses. Our professional staff are aware of these requirements and make sure that diets are followed and medications are taken.