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More than nourishment: a wellness approach to dining services by Maureen Janowski, RD, LDN

Food is at the heart of many cultures and it is certainly a focal point in most senior living communities. Twenty years ago, the word food would have conjured up two images in the retirement community environment: nourishment and socialization. Planning a healthy menu and ensuring a pleasant dining experience were the main priorities. In terms of diet, food was thought of as a reactive treatment—what foods to avoid or limit. In today’s world, we now know that food can be proactive. It is more than nourishment and socialization.

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