Home-delivered meal programs reduce hunger and food insecurity, promote socialization, and improve health and wellbeing for older adults. Regular social support from home-delivered meal drivers, alongside social support from friends and family, may be key to preventing isolation and improving health for older adults with dementia. This research brief shows that home-delivered meal recipients with dementia receive significant support from friends and family, but 83% would like more social activity. To better support older adults with dementia and family caregivers, aging services providers should expand virtual and dementia-friendly social engagement programming.
Dementia, Aging, Older Adults, Meal Delivery
Family, Life Course, and Society | Gerontology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work | Sociology
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The author thanks Shannon Monnat and Alex Punch for edits and feedback on a previous version of this brief.
Pendergrast, Claire, "Most Home-Delivered Meal Recipients with Dementia Receive Support from Friends and Family, but More Social Activity is Needed" (2022). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 171.
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