Did you know that according to American Journal of Nursing greater than 50 percent of adults age 65 and older are at risk for developing malnutrition? Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, will be offering free awareness clinics during the first Massachusetts Malnutrition Awareness Week.
May is Older American’s Month, and the spotlight is on nutrition for older adults. Across the commonwealth, 76 malnutrition awareness clinics and events will be conducted between May 13-17, 2019.
Malnutrition is not the same as being underweight and can affect those who are overweight as well. Malnutrition can increase one’s risk of infection, falls, and wounds as well as decrease one’s quality of life.
OCES invites older adults to participate in a free malnutrition awareness clinic. The clinics will be conducted by Barbara Nalen-Cardosa, OCES’ registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). During the clinic, the RDN will assess malnutrition risk, provide a nutritious snack, offer healthy diet information, and answer questions.
OCES’ malnutrition awareness clinics will be held at the following sites:
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 10-11 a.m. at Belair Towers, 105 Belair Street, Brockton, MA.
On Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 10-11 a.m. at the Kingston Council on Aging, 30 Evergreen Street, Kingston, MA.
For more information about OCES’ malnutrition awareness clinics, contact OCES at 508-584-1561.
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), Massachusetts’ Elderly Nutrition Program is funded by the Older American’s Act and state funding. Over nine million meals are provided to approximately 75,000 seniors in order to improve nutrition, reduce hunger, and promote socialization. Over 7,000 volunteers contribute approximately 450,000 hours yearly.
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.