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A mother and her daughter talk about a family recipe that not only followed them from holidays to birthdays, but brought them together to share memories with the ones they love.

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Craving Companionship Puts the "Family" Back Into Mealtimes

Research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network revealed that lack of companionship is the biggest mealtime challenge for seniors.That's why the Home Instead, Inc. launched the Craving Companionship program, geared to promoting healthy aging by helping seniors eat nutritiously and stay connected socially. The program also encourages the revival of family mealtimes for the benefit of isolated seniors.

More than three-fourths of seniors who live alone, eat alone most of the time.

Nutritional Risks: The Warning Signs

Much can stand in the way of good nutrition for the elderly, and that can mean your mom or dad could fail to thrive like they should. Recognizing the warning signs of poor nutrition is the first step towards improving the health of your senior loved one.

The elderly, when home alone, face significant socialization challenges, particularly when it comes to lack of shared mealtime experiences.

The Loneliness Factor

Loneliness -- it's one of the most serious obstacles to good nutrition that your senior loved one could face. The elderly, when home alone, face significant socialization challenges, particularly when it comes to lack of shared mealtime experiences.

Sharing memories is one way to get the conversation going.

Table Talk: How to Get Mealtime Conversations Going

Mealtime conversations are an important part of the dining experience, and can help seniors avoid feelings of depression. Caring Cards provide more than 50 questions on a wide range of topics that can help you engage a senior loved one in meaningful conversation and provide companionship.

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10 Senior Mealtime Challenges

When it comes to eating healthy meals, there are many obstacles facing seniors. Review the 10 mealtime challenges that can impact senior health and suggestions on how overcome these challenges.

Every family has that favorite dish. But if your elderly loved one is no longer able to cook, you may not have had that special recipe for a while.

Favorite Family Recipes - Homemade Memories Recipe Contest

Haven't had that special family dish for awhile? Then get out the cookbook, and enter the Homemade MemoriesSM Recipe Contest. Provide your favorite family recipe and a short story about what makes the dish so special. Selected recipes and stories will be published online as well as in the Homemade Memories Cookbook.

Bowl of applesauce and cinnamon.

Making Applesauce - A Granddaughter's Tribute

Read this heartwarming poem, "Making Applesauce - A Granddaughter's Tribute".

I have worn your hands all day.
Other parts of my body
are yours too — the freckles
scattering up my arms, the red...

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General Mills

The Craving Companionship program was made possible through partnership with General Mills.

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  • The Craving Companionship program® was created to help seniors stay connected socially and eat more nutritiously. The biggest mealtime challenge for older people who live alone is lack of the shared family experience including companionship. This program provides tips and practical advice to promote better eating habits and overall geriatric health.

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