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Senior provider battles against poor nutrition

Emeritus at Quail Creek wants to help local seniors find nutrition services
BY GOLDMAN & ASSOCIATES PUBLIC RELATIONS Published: March 16, 2013
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According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly one in 10 seniors suffers from poor nutrition.

This can exacerbate problems such as depression, improper healing and a depressed immune system.

Emeritus Senior Living, a national assisted living and memory care provider, is helping combat this problem by delivering 10,000 meals to seniors in 60 days and visiting with them to ensure they are able to get the nutrition they need.

“Seniors may not get the nutrition they need for a variety of reasons,” said Steve Sacco, senior director of dining services.

“For some, it's due to a lack of financial resources; for others, a lack of reliable transportation. And in many cases, isolation and depression have caused seniors to lose interest in cooking and eating healthfully.”

Emeritus at Quail Creek in Oklahoma City provides outreach to seniors through their Home Visits program, where senior living professionals visit people to identify where they could use help and connect them with the services they need.

“We are committed to making sure that every senior in need in this area finds the combination of programs and services that serves them best, even if they do not live with us,” said Reta Brown, executive director of Emeritus at Quail Creek.

Emeritus officials said if you know of a local senior who could use a nutritious meal, find the Emeritus community nearest you and give it a call.

“We'll deliver the meal along with a friendly face and some good conversation,” Brown said.