Good nutrition is important at any age, but especially for our older citizens. On Thursday, Sept. 20, a special community meal was held at the Community Center in Montevideo.

 

Good nutrition is important at any age, but especially for our older citizens. On Thursday, Sept. 20, a special community meal was held at the Community Center in Montevideo.

Erick Hedman, director of the Prairie Five Senior Nutrition program, said: “We’re trying to have days of celebration at all of our meal sites. We plan on special activities and try to get more people to come together and celebrate one another.”

The idea to hold this event came from a similar event that was recently held in Granite Falls, which was actually a senior day. A company there generously paid for one half of the suggested meal donations, so each person ended up paying half price for their meal that day.

“An individual from Montevideo heard about that and called Prairie Five and said they wanted to try that in Montevideo to see if more people would utilize the program,” continued Hedman.

The seniors who participate in the Prairie Five Senior Nutrition Program are a very special group of people. “This generation is used to having home-cooked meals, and they are very social.

When it comes  down to it, it’s about coming together and spending time with their friends to reminisce, share stories, and share wisdom while sitting around a table and enjoying a good meal,” Hedman said.

Hedman truly enjoys visiting with seniors at Prairie Five’s meal sites throughout their five-county service area. He said: “We have a lot of people that come to our meal sites who are over 90 years old, as well as some that are over 100. Think of what they’ve seen and experienced in their lifetimes! For me, it’s a real treat to visit with them because I get to hear their stories of how things were and how things have changed. Their stories are so rich and full, and we need to hear them!”

The stories older people have to tell are important. “We can learn a lot from them,” said Hedman. “When you think about it, a lot of the struggles they faced when they were in their teens or twenties are similar to what teens still struggle with today.”

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