SAGE Eldercare volunteer, Jim Taylor of Summit, is preparing to deliver Meals On Wheels (MOW) to local older adults. The MOW kitchen in Linden resumed service on January 2 after a year and a half of closure due to flooding damage from Hurricane Irene in August 2011. More seniors in Union County will be able to benefit from home-delivered meals as a result of the reopening of the facility. For more information on MOW, call SAGE Eldercare at 908.273.5554 or visit sageeldercare.org.
SAGE Eldercare volunteers, Joan Abelson of New Providence and Arthur Coley of Chatham, are preparing to deliver Meals On Wheels (MOW) to local older adults. The MOW kitchen in Linden resumed service on January 2 after a year and a half of closure due to flooding damage from Hurricane Irene in August 2011. More seniors in Union County will be able to benefit from home-delivered meals as a result of the reopening of the facility. For more information on MOW, call SAGE Eldercare at 908.273.5554 or visit sageeldercare.org.
Older Adults Benefit from Home-Delivered Meals
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 • 11:43pm
SAGE Eldercare is pleased to announce that the Union County kitchen is back up and running and able to serve the county’s Meals On Wheels residents again. For the past year and a half, the county and SAGE have relied on a caterer to prepare the food. More older adults will be able to benefit from home-delivered meals and those who are currently receiving meals will have an option to receive a cold meal in addition to the hot meal if they are in need.
“We are thankful that the kitchen in Linden that prepares our Union County Meals On Wheels resumed service on January 2. The facility suspended individual and congregate meals in August 2011 when Hurricane Irene’s flooding destroyed the kitchen and food storage area,” stated Marianne Kranz, Director of Meals On Wheels at SAGE Eldercare. “Now that the Linden kitchen is back in business, we are able to deliver more meals to the neediest people.”
SAGE also purchases food for its Essex and Morris County clients from Overlook Medical Center. Union County clients also have an option to purchase their food from the hospital. The Union County food from the Linden kitchen is a suggested donation program.
Last year, SAGE delivered approximately 36,000 meals to 250 clients in 11 towns. The delivery region includes Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Madison, Millburn, Mountainside, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, and Summit.
Recent research released from Brown University in December 2012 has demonstrated the positive impact of programs such as Meals On Wheels for older adults. The study found that states that invest in home-delivered meal services to seniors through the Older Americans Act reduces the number of residents in nursing homes, especially those who have low-care needs. These older adults are often better served in the community by remaining in their own homes and receiving services which allow them to live independently.
The Meals On Wheels program at SAGE was established in 1966 and was one of the first meal delivery programs in New Jersey. People who are over the age of 60 and who are frail and homebound are eligible for the service. This includes those who are recuperating from an illness, those who are mentally or physically impaired, those without family or friends to shop for them, or those needing a special diet.
Meals are delivered Monday through Friday and can be scheduled for a short term or indefinitely. For more information or to make arrangements for the Meals On Wheels program, call SAGE at 908.273.5554, Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm.
SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services. Founded in 1954, SAGE is one of the few non-profit eldercare agencies in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey, that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes.
Programs at SAGE Eldercare include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance Planning Support) Services; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Holistic Living Services; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; Community Education; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). In addition, SAGE has operated a Furniture Restoration Workshop, run by volunteers who specialize in caning and rushing chairs and refinishing furniture, and a Resale Shop for more than 50 years. Both provide essential funding that supports the organization’s programs and services for seniors in the community.
SAGE Eldercare serves over 6,000 people throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States. For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.