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Why Senior Living Communities are the Newest Trend in Fine Dining

Feb 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM / Chris Harper Chris Harper

arborterracelifestyle6There’s a dark side to healthy eating. It includes endless Sunday night meal preparation; scouring recipe books for something new; spending an hour at the grocery store only to get home and realize you forgot the key ingredient. And that’s not even taking into account the exhausting toll driving, shopping, and cooking can take. Even if you love cooking, chances are good you don’t love it all the time — especially if you’re the only one in your house whoever does it.

That’s why many Americans have turned to meal delivery services. These services offer a great chance to try new food, but they can be expensive, and often serve up food that’s anything but healthy. So forget about signing up for the latest meal box, eating another meal at a fast food restaurant, or spending half your life cooking. The latest trends in fine dining can already be found at your local senior living community. Yes, really.

Senior Living: Not Just Cafeteria Food

When you picture a senior living community, you probably envision cafeteria food and a one-size-fits-all approach. That might have been true in the past, but not today. Today’s senior living communities offer fine gourmet dining. The shift is so dramatic that even outlets such as Food Service News have covered the change in senior dining. At Arbor, we offer fresh ingredients that are often locally sourced or organic. We accommodate a wide range of diets and palates, from vegetarian to gluten-free to low glucose and more. With chefs who have trained at some of the world’s leading culinary institutes, you can be certain that you’ll never be stuck eating bland food again.

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Healthy Eating

Let’s face it: Age sometimes means having to change your diet. Whether it’s cutting out your daily helping of bacon or eating less sugar, we can help. Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived. In fact, restrictive diets based on deprivation don’t work anyway because sooner or later, people give up. Instead, let us show you a way to eat healthy that you can sustain — and enjoy! — for the rest of your life. If you want to cook in your own home, great! But if you’re itching for the pleasures of eating healthy meals without all the effort and frustration, we’ve got you covered. That’s a diet anyone can get behind.

Zero Effort, High Reward

Many of our seniors are themselves accomplished cooks. So don’t think for a second that our gourmet dining means you have to give up your hobby. In fact, there’s a lot of give-and-take between our residents and chefs. Some residents have even been known to offer a few tips or to volunteer as guest chefs. In return, our chefs often teach guests new recipes they can prepare on their own.


Our goal is to alleviate the stress of cooking and ensure that you only cook when you want to. We know that means catering to a wide range of needs, so we offer readily available food throughout the day, rather than a single meal at mealtimes. We also know that the dining experience is half the fun of eating. So we’ve built posh dining areas that offer the elegance and experience of eating out without the long drive and longer wait. Food is a social, community experience at Arbor. We encourage you to enjoy food in the way that feels right to you. No matter what you like or what your nutritional goals are, we can accommodate you.

The food you eat can affect your health for years to come. Studies have consistently found that seniors who eat nutritious, delicious meals are healthier. You don’t have to break the bank or sacrifice your favorite hobby on the altar of cooking to eat well. Why not check out an Arbor community instead? Stop by to eat a delicious, nourishing meal. Or learn more about what we offer by checking out our free guide, The Journey to Senior Living.

Start your journey to senior living today with this step-by-step guide

Topics: Senior living, Understanding Assisted Living

Chris Harper

Chris Harper

As the vice president of communications for The Arbor Company, Chris is responsible for digital marketing, public relations, technology and design.

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