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Gluten Free Living For Seniors Retirement Living Innovators First in the Nation to Become Gluten Free Food Service Accredited (GFFS)

GenCare, a retirement living community, has expanded upon their award winning Whole Life Living Culinary Program by becoming gluten free food service accredited. In an effort to support their vision of pairing health and wellness promotion with illness management, the facility now can offer gluten-free options to community members.

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
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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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Paul

said this on
21 Jan 2011 8:45:59 AM PDT
Well this is welcome news ... something to look forward to after retirement then.

 
patricia levy

said this on
04 Feb 2011 10:13:47 AM PDT
To Scott Adams: Thank you for your information on celiac & food. I am 75 years old and was diagnosed 5 years ago. I was in the hospital a month ago and I was unable to order gluten free food. I wrote to the hospital administrator about it, and nothing was ever done about it. Something needs to be done. I was in Henry Com Hospital, Stockbridge Georgia. please advise me on what to do.

 
Lorre

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07 Nov 2011 8:45:42 PM PDT
What a shame, Patricia. Health Care providers need to be responsible to care for our health.




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