Over three-quarters of older Americans want to age in place. Many have concerns about moving into senior living as there might be major lifestyle changes and are worried about whether there will be suitable amenities will be available. Older adults live savvy, connected, and fulfilling lives outside of retirement communities so when they do decide to make the move to an independent living facility, they expect to maintain their standard of living. As a result, there have been sweeping changes in the senior living industry with innovative food and dining trends on the rise in independent living facilities in Tulsa, OK.
As we become more socially aware as a society, there has been an increasing number of retirees that are invested in social issues and live healthy and active lifestyles. They are familiar with green living, aim to be socially responsible, and want that to be reflected in their daily lives. There has thus been an increase in sustainability efforts in independent living facilities, with eco-friendly materials being used, particularly in food packaging, the improvement of recycling programs, reduction in food wastage as well as responsible product sourcing.
Our dietary requirements tend to become more specific as we age due to health conditions, developed allergies, and preferences. A wide range of healthy options should thus be available readily for residents of retirement communities. Farm-to-table programs fulfill the need for healthy fresh foods and promote balance and variety with seasonal products, and unique food items, which allow for the creation of holistically nutritious menus. Many retirement communities have started partnering with local farms or even planting gardens onsite.
Selection of Dining Venues
Today’s dining culture in retirement communities involves flexible meal plans with neighbors and friends suited to the schedules of the residents. Residents want to enjoy restaurant-style dining with a myriad of healthy yet delicious options including homemade favorites or international cuisines or even have the choice of a gourmet experience without stepping out of their apartments!
Integration of Technology
Technology pervades every aspect of our lives and the dining scene in retirement communities is no exception. Many modern-day retirees are tech savvy, have access to smartphones, and are accustomed to using technology to view menus, place orders, and more and would desire the same from senior living facilities. There has thus been an uptick in retirement communities integrating their services online with easy-to-use interfaces for the best and most convenient experience.
Fresh Foods, Freshly Prepared
It is no doubt that fresh foods are simply better for us and more so, especially for older adults. Proper nutrition is vital and freshly harvested foods have a higher likelihood of retaining their micronutrients, ensuring that we are truly getting the nutrients we need to stay healthy and active. Freshly prepared meals also play an important role in the dining satisfaction of residents in senior living as fresh foods simply taste better and create an overall more pleasing dining experience.
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