Gluten Free Living For Seniors Retirement Living Innovators First in the Nation to Become Gluten Free Food Service Accredited (GFFS)
- By Scott Adams
- Published 01/17/2011
In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease. In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore!, and I am the co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
GenCare Lifestyle is on a mission: to inspire senior residents to make healthier choices so they can simply enjoy living. Expanding upon its award winning Whole Life Living Culinary Program GenCare recognized that nearly 25 million people follow a gluten-free diet and over 60% of persons with celiac disease fear dining out. The Whole Food, Whole Life initiative is one element of the Seattle-based organization's Whole Life Living wellness program. The program promotes health and wellness by providing healthy lifestyle choices rather than solely managing illness. Leon Grundstein, founder and CEO, shares that you can't live forever but you can live well, by making simple changes in your lifestyle.
It is a "staggering" challenge for retirement and assisted-living communities to feed large numbers of residents something delicious every day and keep them both healthy and satisfied, Grundstein observes. Yet "food is the foundation," he says. "It fuels the engines of your heart and mind." GenCare's professionally trained chefs prepare "tasty, nourishing meals for residents made from fresh, whole and organic natural foods," according to Grundstein. With this focus on whole life dining, the culinary initiative "supports older adults who want to be well and eat well," he explains.
Until now, mature adults living gluten-free had no options for retirement facilities where they felt the facility could provide safe meals. Many times mature adults have been turned away because retirement communities didn't know how to meet their nutritional needs. GenCare's devotion to providing gluten-free as part of the Whole Life initiative is wonderful news to those wishing to live healthy with age, according to Cynthia Kupper, RD; Executive Director Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG).
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