Experts Encourage Families to Bring Back the Sunday Dinner
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Planning a weekly Sunday dinner with the family is an enviable goal. But after a busy week at work and home, preparing a family dinner could be daunting.But the importance to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones is paramount. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection. For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime – it’s who is at the table with them. When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience – both nutritionally and emotionally. In this recent study, almost 75 percent 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. While the menu is important, Sunday family dinners should revolve around more than just good food. A good way to achieve this goal could start by creating a variety of food plans, shopping lists and recipes to help make preparing dinners easier for busy families.
Do you worry about experiencing an awkward silence at family dinners? A few simple questions might change that and could open the door to more compelling Sunday dinner discussions. 1. What’s your favorite family night TV program or movie? Regardless of your generation, perhaps your family has a favourite television show or movie they like to watch after family mealtime gatherings. Poll your Sunday dinner group and decide what show or movie you’d like to watch after the next family dinner.on/movie services.
2. What family meal makes your mouth water? Every family has that famous go-to recipe that just makes life better. Perhaps it’s Grandma’s meatloaf or Mom’s chicken Alfredo. Some recipes have been passed down through the generations, making family mealtimes even more special.
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