Enriching Lives As We Age

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Food IS Good Medicine!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

At Meals on Wheels we have long known that food is good medicine.

Our direct experience over 36 years with food recipients shows how vital these daily, hot, nutritious meals are to keeping seniors alive, healthy and out of hospitals. Good nutrition is extra important to seniors in helping with fall prevention. Our daily safety checks have even saved lives!

For the past few years we have been collaborating with Sequoia Hospital and Peninsula Hospital by providing Meals on Wheels to their recently discharged senior patients. Evidence is mounting quickly that a month or so of our daily meals (plus that daily safety check) is having a markedly positive impact on keeping these patients from being re-hospitalized.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Major studies of similar meals programs in the U.S. demonstrate these very same results.

Here’s an abstract from a study done by MANNA, a Philadelphia meals program:

Chronically ill populations have a strong need for quality public health nutrition services to aid in disease management and improve health outcomes. Evidence suggests that neglecting the importance of adequate nutrition in chronically ill patients has far-reaching implications on the health status of the individual and the health care costs. … This pilot study done through the nonprofit organization MANNA …  found that the mean monthly health care costs decreased for three consecutive months after initiation of MANNA services. Other health care cost–related factors, such as inpatient costs, length of stay, and number of hospital admissions also displayed a downward trend. These results help show the significance of medical nutrition therapy and home-delivered meal services on overall health care.

To find out more about our Meals on Wheels program, whether you want to receive meals, volunteer to help us pack and deliver, or donate, click here.

Aging Well Is Within Your Reach

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

We don't just sit around at Crane Place.

Read it, do it, and live well longer!

It’s nice to have the researchers confirm what we’ve been saying at Peninsula Volunteers for years: that living well longer requires fitness, intellectual stimulation, and socialization. We actually say that it requires SIX things: add to the above list good nutrition, safe housing and a reason for being.

Peninsula Volunteer programs (Meals on Wheels, Little House, Rosener House, Crane and Partridge-Kennedy Apartments) provide all six factors.

We see that every day. People participating in PV programs are living well and independently longer. Now you know why.

See what the experts say (from 2/19/14 SF Chronicle): http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Aging-well-exercise-mental-stimulation-social-5246368.php