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Dallas eating lunch with others.

Sharing Meals Brings Happiness and Better Health to Older Adults

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When Dallas’ wife died of complications from severe dementia, he was devastated. For more than 50 years, they were a team, each other’s best friend and constant companion. It was the loneliest time of his life. Dallas’ days, once packed with responsibilities of farmer and husband, suddenly stretched long and were too quiet. He missed the sound of his wife’s infectious laughter and the comforting smells of her famous roast beef and potatoes.

Dallas’ granddaughter Emily was aware that her grandfather was spending too much time home alone. She urged Dallas to visit the Senior Center in nearby Luverne. There, he was able to connect with his peers over a home-cooked meal and a shared desire to find renewed joy from friendship.

Emily saw a change occur in her grandfather as soon as he began having lunch in the small café every day. “He seems happier and more fulfilled now that he has a place to go and the chance to be around people,” she said.

“Since I began attending senior dining, I’ve had less worry in preparing meals, but more than that, it has brought people back into my life,” he said. “I really look forward to conversations with my peers every day.”

Senior Nutrition has been more than a meal for many older adults like Dallas. It is a lifeline for those who want to stay healthy and vital members of their community for as long as possible.

“LSS and the service they provide has been a great relief to our family,” Emily said, “the staff at the dining site call and check on him if he doesn’t show up for a meal. He has a lot of wonderful people looking out for him and we are grateful.”