Elderly Nutrition: Healthy Solutions and Resources

Happy March!

This month we are taking a deeper look into Nutrition and how important good nutrition is for senior adults. ElderPoint Services is here to help connect you to the services and resources that will help support your nutritional needs.

The following are providers in the described area who offer nutrition services:

(Polk County) MidFlorida Community Services - Home-Delivered Meals - 863-534-5326

(Lakeland) VISTE - Supplemental Groceries, Delivered Hot Meals - 863-284-0828

(Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lakeland, Haines City, Davenport) Meals on Wheels of Polk County - 863-299-1616

(Greater Lake Wales) Lake Wales Care Center - 863-676-6678

This is not an exhaustive list, but a great start. If there is not an option listed for you, contact our office and we will help you find a solution.

Don’t forget that ElderPoint Services is offering FREE transportation for nutritional needs under the State of Emergency due to COVID-19. So, when you need to go to the grocery store or visit a food bank contact us. We do require a minimum of 72 hours notice for requests in order to meet the demand of our services, but we are here to get you moving in the direction you need to access services. Hopefully, soon we will be able to offer you transportation again to the congregate dining sites in the area! Those were a big hit for so many reasons, the meal was just one benefit of those.

If you don’t know already, I’m quite spoiled at home when it comes to home-cooked meals because my husband is a 20 year retired Navy Submariner Master Chief Culinary Specialist. In fewer words, he’s a chef. He has been working on his second career for 12 years within healthcare through service to seniors in assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities. He’s currently the Director of Dining Services of Life Care Center of Winter Haven and really enjoys putting a smile on his patient’s faces through their bellies. I give my husband, Chef Chris Gardner, credit for the recipe below as my contribution to the yum factor of meeting the nutrition needs of seniors this month.

I hope you find the information and recipes in this month’s newsletter helpful, and yummy. Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Send it to me and we will post in the newsletters following and give credit where credit is due, to YOU! My email address is: lacey@elderpointservices.org

Have a great month! Next month we will be tackling Stress Awareness! We’d love to hear from you if you have newsletter suggestions.

Mexican Lasagna (Vegetarian)

1/2 medium onion chopped

2 cans 14-1/2 oz chopped tomatoes

1-3 oz can green chiles

1 cup chopped bell pepper (we prefer green)

1-can kidney beans or black beans

1-tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

8 corn tortillas sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)

1 cup sour cream


1. Sauté onions in a little oil for about 4 minutes Add tomatoes, chiles, chopped bell peppers, beans, chili powder & cumin. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes

2. Put 1/3 of tortilla strips in the bottom of a 7x11 pan add 1/3 of sauce, then about 1/3 of cheese (reserve some cheese for the top). Continue to layer ending with sour cream. Pour the rest of the sauce over that, then add, reserved cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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