Ex­perts En­cour­age Fam­i­lies to Bring Back the Sun­day Din­ner

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Richmond Hill Post - - Summer Seniors Registry -

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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