Halifax, Nova Scotia – May 15, 2015 – New research shows that 50 per cent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.* Halifax’s Home Instead Senior Care is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. Beginning this Victoria Day long weekend, Home Instead Senior Care encourages families to take the Sunday Dinner Pledge.
“For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime – it’s who is at the table with them,” said Jeanie Burke, President of Home Instead Senior Care of Halifax. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience – both nutritionally and emotionally.”
Almost 75 per cent of the people surveyed said they only sit down for a family meal with senior loved ones for special occasions, events or holidays. They say a big part of the problem is time – both not having enough of it and conflicting schedules.
“We hope families will plan to either revive or begin new Sunday mealtime traditions with their senior loved ones,” Burke said. “This small commitment can have a big impact on a senior’s well-being.”
To help families across the country host their own Sunday dinner, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with celebrity chef and mother of four Melissa d’Arabian to develop easy, nutritious recipes. Additional resources include tips for how to involve seniors in meal planning and preparation, pre-and post-dinner activities and meal plans for healthy, inexpensive meals that all generations can enjoy.
For these complimentary resources and more information on how you can bring back the Sunday dinner and reconnect with your senior loved ones, visit
www.SundayDinnerPledge.ca or call Home Instead Senior Care at 902-429-2273.
* Home Instead, Inc. completed surveys with a random sample of 1,000 households in Canada and in the U.S. between February 10 and 15, 2015. Participants were 50 percent male and 50 percent female, with 900 households in the U.S. and 100 in Canada.
About Home Instead Senior Care®The Home Instead Senior Care network is the world’s leading provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises providing more than 50 million hours annually of care throughout Canada and 16 additional countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 caregivers worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. For more information on Home Instead Senior Care of Halifax, visit
About Melissa d’ArabianFood Network star, best-selling author, writer, and mom of four, Melissa d'Arabian is an expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. Well known for her “Ten Dollar Dinners” show and best-selling cookbook, she also hosts Food Network web series “The Picky Eaters Project” and serves as a lead judge on “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Her new "Supermarket Healthy” cookbook is available now.