It has been medically proven that nutrition is one of the keys to prolonging and enjoying life. However, preparing a meal takes money, time, and effort. One has to shop, clean, cook and then clean some more. For an older person, it can be a daunting task. Perhaps that is why, according to the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, less than a third of seniors eat properly. In fact, one of the most vexing problems in caring for the elderly is the maintenance of a nutritious and healthy diet. Many seniors and even their caregivers tend to not be well-versed in nutrition science, nor are they able to purchase and prepare the right kinds of meals.
Nutrition disorders in the elderly can lead to falls, dehydration, higher risk of medication toxicology, and wastingwithering syndrome – a weakening that makes the body less resistant to infection. In later years, the body’s ability to produce vitamins diminishes and so it becomes critical for seniors to eat the right balance of foods to replenish their cells.
Fortunately, in the Detroit area, there are a number of local resources and agencies that address this need. Additionally, there are many private providers of meal services; the costs of some of these programs are reimburseable under Medicaid. The public organizations listed below offer meal delivery and congregate meals at senior centers around the area. Read their profiles and find a service that can benefit you or the senior in your life. Help is just a click or a phone call away.
Senior Citizen Services: http://www.waynecounty.com/svs_seniorsrvs_scservices.htm
30712 Michigan Avenue, Westland – (734) 727-7357. Wayne County offers a variety of services including congregate (Social), home-delivered, and liquid meals to eligible senior citizens age 60 and older in the 34 communities in western Wayne County and in the downriver areas.
- Congregate Meals are available to senior citizens age 60 years or older and their spouses, and to physically handicapped persons residing in any senior high-rise where a nutrition site is located. The suggested donation for congregate meals is $2.25 per meal. For more information, call (800) 851-1455 or (734) 727-7388.
- Home-Delivered Meals – Senior citizens aged 60 years and older who are home bound, may receive hot meals delivered Monday through Friday. The suggested donation for congregate meals is $2.25 per meal. The recipient must be aged 60 or over and homebound living alone. For information, (800) 851-1454, or (734) 727-7357
- Liquid Meals – Liquid Nutrition Program is available to senior citizens age 60 or older, who are unable to ingest solid food. To find out more about the program, call: (800) 851-1454, or (734) 727-7357.
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides commodity foods to eligible low income residents in western Wayne County and in the downriver areas. The number to call is (734) 721-4470.
Additional information about Senior Meal Services in Wayne County can be obtained at The Gleaners Community Food Bank, a member of Feeding America. They are online at http://www.gcfb.org/ or call 866-GLEANER, ext. 223 for a referral.
For Macomb County Seniors, a great resource is the Area Agency on Aging – http://www.aaa1b.org/. This organization supports home delivered meals and congregate meal programs in six counties served by the agency. Home delivered meals are available to any individual who is age 60 and over and meets program eligibility requirements. Their phone number is 1-800-852-7795.
Additional meal services are provided by the Macomb County Community Service Agency (MCCSA) at (800) 852-7795 or (586) 469-6999. You can find them on the web at http://www.macombcountymi.gov/MCCSA/dss.htm. The agency offers a nutritious congregate meal program called Dining Senior Style as well as A Meals on Wheels program, which serves senior citizens who are homebound.
In Oakland County, there are several organizations that provide meal services to the elderly. Be sure and check eligibility and location requirements to find the program(s) that best meet your needs, or the needs of the senior in your care.
Bloomfield Township Senior Services
Serves: Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield, and Orchard Lake
(248) 723-3500. Web address: http://www.bloomfieldtwp.org/Services/SeniorServices/TransportationAndNutritionServices.htm
City of Farmington Hills
Serves: Farmington, and City of Farmington Hills
(248) 473-1825 web: http://www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us/Services/SeniorDivision/NutritionServices.asp
Emerald Food Services
Serves: South Central and Southeast Oakland county, including: Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Franklin, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak Township, Southfield, and Troy
Kosher Meals On Wheels
Serves: Oakland County
Older Persons’ Commission
Serves: Northeast Oakland county, including: Addison Township, Auburn Hills, Brandon Township, Clarkston, Independence Township, Lake Angelus, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills
Pontiac Meals On Wheels
Serves: North Central Oakland county, including: Pontiac, Keego Harbor, and Sylvan Lake
Waterford Senior Center
Serves: Waterford Township
Western Oakland County Meal On Wheels
Serves: Northwest and Western Oakland county, including: Commerce Township, Groveland Township, Highland Township, Holly, Lyon, Milford, Northfield, Northville (North of Eight Mile Road),City of Novi, Novi Township, Rose Township, South Lyon, Springfield Township, Walled Lake, White Lake and Wixom
(888) 886-8971 or (810) 632-2155
Lighthouse of Oakland County-Liquid Meals Only
Serves: Northern Oakland county, including; Keego Harbor Lake Orion, Oxford, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake, Union Lake, Walled Lake, Waterford, White Lake, and Wixom.
(248) 920-6100 Ext 2231