Peninsula Volunteers, Meals on Wheels would like to thank all those who participated in this year’s Dine Out event. It’s because of our wonderful supporters like you that we’re able to help fight senior hunger in our local community. Together we can truly make a difference! To learn how you can continue supporting our mission, visit the Meals On Wheels page at http://www.penvol.org/mealsonwheels.
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The countdown to Dine Out has begun! And it’s never too early to plan how you can help make a difference for Meals On Wheels participants through out the San Mateo County. This year’s list of restaurants has been released- so start planning your lunch outings, dinner dates, and even dessert stops!
Click here to view our list restaurants. Meals On Wheels Dine Out will be held on October 14th and 10% of all proceeds made by participating restaurants will be donated to our program.
Good health depends on eating a variety of foods that contain the right amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. People with diabetes do not need special foods. In fact, the foods that are best for someone with diabetes are excellent choices for everyone. It may take some planning, but you can fit your favorite foods into your meal plan and still manage your blood glucose. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you plan.
DO – Eat foods that are low in fat, salt, and sugar, and high in fiber, such as beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. 5-9 servings a day. Eat non-starch vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli, peppers, etc. Chose whole grain foods over processed grain products, try brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Get regular physical activity. Regular physical activity is important for people with diabetes. Being physically active has been shown to improve blood glucose levels in older adults, whose levels are high. Exercise is good for people with diabetes because it helps control weight, helps insulin work better to lower blood glucose, is good for your heart and lungs, and gives you more energy.
DON’T – Do not skip meals. Regular meals can help avoid problems, especially if you take diabetic pills or insulin. Do not overeat. Eating too much of even healthful foods can lead to weight gain. Watch your portion sizes. Limit unhealthy carbohydrates such as chips, cookies, cakes, sodas, etc.
For more information on important food related facts, visit us at http://www.penvol.org/mealsonwheels
The landscape of California’s demographic is quickly changing. With the baby boomer generation extending life expectancy to 81 years, a steady increase in the senior citizen population has taken course. And with this growth, the needs of our society will begin to shift. Check out some key components taken from the Fresno Bee article, “Aging in California: Who will support our seniors?”
“Studies are clear: The aging of the population will bring about a nationwide wave of lifestyle changes, shifts in real estate prices, huge pension payments for the elderly, increases in the cost of health care and heavy caregiving demands on a smaller number of younger family members…
By 2030, according to the latest projections from the state Department of Finance, the state will have about three working-age adults per senior citizen. Looked at another way: The number of older adults in California is projected to increase by 96 percent over the next two decades, while the number of working-age adults will increase by only 9 percent.“
While the state may have its ways to support our senior community, we can assure you that Peninsula Volunteers will also be there every step of the way. Our programs at Little House and Rosener House help to strengthen our members both physically and mentally. Our Meals on Wheels program also assures that our homebound seniors receive nutritious and fresh meals everyday. Be sure to check out our daily activities and menus through out the website and find out how we can help support your needs!
How do you define successful aging? A recent article published online by the Huffington Post reminded us that successful aging is just as subjective as it is objective. Objectively, we desire to be healthy both physically and mentally. But aging can also be a positive experience subjectively by finding happiness beyond the decline of our bodies. Take a look at what Michael Friedman from Huff Post had to say:
“[B]y 70+, many, if not most, of us have already experienced some significant declines in our physical and mental abilities. So it’s good news that whatever the condition of our minds and bodies objectively, we can still age well subjectively. We can be old and feel good.
How? Here’s some of what old people have told researchers.
First, having certain personality traits is a plus. These include: a positive attitude, optimism, adaptability and resilience.
Second, old people say that it’s important to have relationships with people you like and care about and who like and care about you. They also say it’s important to engage in activities that you find pleasurable, engaging, valuable and/or meaningful. In addition, having a sense of control (however limited) of your circumstances and condition is also characteristic of people who say they are doing fine even if they have significant problems to cope with.”
Aging doesn’t have to include struggle. Whether your definition of success includes staying physically healthy or happily engaged with a warm and welcoming community, the Peninsula Volunteers programs are here to provide any outlet for the aging process. Check out what kind of activities we have at Little House, spend time with our friends at Rosener, or develop a relationship with our Meals on Wheels team. Whatever your need may be, we’re here to help!