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SEATTLE, April 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the second year in row, Emeritus Senior Living (NYSE:ESC) is seeking to help combat senior malnutrition by delivering more than 10,000 meals to seniors across America in the next 60 days in honor of National Food Month in April.
According the American Academy of Family Physicians, 4 million seniors in America – nearly one in 10 – suffer from poor nutrition. Malnutrition can result from many factors, including a loss of interest in eating due to weakened taste buds, loneliness, poverty, or ailing health. Unfortunately, not getting a healthy diet exacerbates many of these same issues resulting in depression, improper healing and a depressed immune system.
Emeritus Senior Living, the nation's largest assisted living and memory care provider, is renewing its successful "10,000 Meals in 60 days" campaign by delivering meals to seniors in need and visiting with them to ensure they are able to get the nutrition they need every day.
"Seniors may not get the nutrition they need for a variety of reasons," says 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."
The "10,000 Meals" campaign is an extension of Emeritus' Home Visits program, where dedicated senior living professionals visit people in their home to identify where they could use help, connect them with the services they need and provide friendly companionship.
"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," says Sacco.
To help meet its goal, Emeritus is asking for help. If you know of a local senior who could use a nutritious meal, please find the Emeritus community nearest you and give them a call. "We'll deliver the meal along with a friendly face and some good conversation," says Sacco.