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The more the merrier at Senior Dining in Winsted
Jan. 30, 2012

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

WINSTED, MN – Senior Dining in Winsted offers more than a low-cost, well-balanced meal. It gives seniors the opportunity to get-together, catch up on current news, and take part in planned activities.

“I enjoy coming,” Alvina Fiecke of Winsted said. “I like being here with the people and playing Bingo. It’s very nice.”

All seniors are welcome to attend Senior Dining Monday through Friday in the Vollmer Room, lower level of Winsted City Hall. Meals are served promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday are activity days, which begin at 9 a.m.

Pearl Kieser of Howard Lake is a regular at Senior Dining.

“I try not to miss Tuesday and Thursday,” Kieser said. “They have bingo on Tuesday, and play cards on Thursday.”

This Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10:45 a.m., a special presentation will be made by Vonnie Rassat, a registered nurse with Ridgeview Medical Center. She will talk about diabetes, and hand out literature on diabetes and its symptoms. She will also talk about pneumonia and some simple precautions to take to keep from getting it.

Following Rassat’s presentation, everyone’s vital signs will be taken, including blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature, and blood oxygen levels.

Senior Dining has been a service in Winsted for 15 years.

Joan Genty and Joyce Glessing, site managers for Senior Dining, make sure the weekday program runs smoothly and keep the bookwork up-to-date.

Genty, who has been part of the program since it started, encourages the seniors to come and join the social activities and take advantage of the healthy meals served.

“Most seniors who are by themselves do not cook healthy meals,” Genty said. “When they come to Senior Dining, they get a well-balanced meal each day, five days a week.”

“If you eat healthy, it helps you stay healthy,” Genty added.

Senior Dining is sponsored through the Lutheran Social Services (LSS) program.

The LSS program also offers meals delivered to seniors who are homebound. They are delivered by volunteers through the Meals on Wheels program.

When meals are delivered to the homebound, volunteer drivers are instructed to make sure they speak with the person receiving the meal, just to ensure they are OK.

The meals are prepared by St. Mary’s Care Center, and include diabetic meals if requested. Glessing said the meals are very good.

The Senior Dining menu appears in the Herald Journal each week in the community section of the newspaper.

The price for a meal for anyone age 60 years or older is $3.50. For those under 60, the meal price is $6.50.

To be a part of Senior Dining at Winsted City Hall or have a meal delivered at a residence, contact Genty or Glessing at city hall’s Vollmer Room at (320) 485-2728 between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. the day before.

The Meals on Wheels Association reported that seniors who experience hunger are at risk for serious health problems. Hunger can be life-threatening by increasing the risk for stroke, prolonging recovery from illness, extending hospital stays, limiting the effects of prescription drugs, decreasing resistance to infection, and even increasing the occurrence of depression and isolation.

Genty reminds everyone that Senior Dining is not limited to Winsted residents. All seniors in the surrounding area are welcome.

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