Remembering seniors on Thanksgiving

"Ima let them cook and Ima eat. I like most everything. The turkey the gravy the stuffing and all that." 

Margaret has plans for the holiday,  but many seniors are isolated and alone with no family to spend Thanksgiving with. 

The MAC Inc Area Agency on Aging is already working on making sure seniors know they're not forgotten. 

Organizers, like Terri Derrickson, say they started prepping recently for the ramped up food service. 

"A few weeks before we were asked to ask them who would need a meal Thanksgiving Day and we got their names and we got their permission to bring a meal to them."

MAC executive director, Pattie Tingle, says they plan to send out extra food Wednesday in an effort to make sure that seniors across Delmarva don't go hungry on Thanksgiving day.

"We take extra meals on our last day of the week as we're delivering prior to Thanksgiving, so those seniors also have a meal for Thanksgiving."

But MAC center experts say there are other areas of concern for seniors at this time of year. 
Loneliness is a common hurdle. 

Agency rep, Valerie Bennett, points out that staying positive and getting an itinerary in place are key. 

"If you're a single person, you're living alone. Make a plan for what you're going to do so when you look at the day it doesn't stretch out so empty. If you really start to get depressed, start thinking about the things that you're thankful for."

If you have a senior with challenges like dementia, Leslie Zimmerman of Home Instead Senior Care says including them in  preparations goes a long way. 

"Maybe arranging some flower arrangements for the table, that way they still feel a part of the holidays."


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