Dining at Sonata: Nourishment For Your Mind, Body and Social Needs

When it comes to choosing a senior living community, the quality of the dining program and the taste of the food is among the top three considerations on nearly everyone’s list next to quality of care and affordability. In fact, some would argue, it’s the most important aspect of senior living altogether! It’s one reason why Florida’s senior living communities allocate substantial time and resources to curate, prepare, and serve menus that their residents will love. The goal, of course, is to create a dining experience that brings together an assortment of culinary choices, nutrition essentials, and personalized service all geared toward healthy aging.

The Connection Between Senior Living and Nutrition

At Sonata’s senior living communities in Florida, a significant amount of planning and creativity goes into the development of breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Every month, the menus are refreshed by Sonata’s dining services, ensuring the dining experience is always exciting and new.

But the efforts of Sonata to fulfill its promise to residents for exceptional retirement living extend far beyond delicious culinary experiences. Senior health and wellness are at the heart of meal planning. Research shows that a well-balanced diet is a key ingredient to maintaining good health as we age, and that’s precisely what Sonata delivers in its dining services program.

As we age, nutritional needs evolve, and access to whole foods become increasingly important to health. At Sonata, emphasis is placed on incorporating seasonal, locally sourced fruit and vegetables, ensuring the freshest ingredients are used to enhance flavor and nutrition. Every bite served to residents is thoughtfully crafted, striking a perfect balance between fulfilling seniors’ nutritional needs while satisfying the most discerning palates.

Dining Experiences That Nourish Mind, Body and Social Wellness

According to Joe Geiser, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Sonata by AgeWell Solvere Living, every menu item at a Sonata community is carefully planned, following the latest recommended nutritional guidelines for seniors to support health and vitality.

“We believe that dining is more than just a meal. It’s an experience that nurtures both mind and body. We are passionate about creating dishes that not only taste amazing, but also support the nutritional needs of our residents,” said Geiser.

A typical menu at Sonata bursts with a rainbow of food – colorful vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and whole grains. Not only does it appeal visually, but it also delivers a broad spectrum of vital nutrients – vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants to enhance health and wellness.

Sonata’s independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities leave no stone unturned in their commitment to helping older adults thrive. This includes a focus on fundamentals such as a well-balanced diet.

“At Sonata, you’ll find a diverse range of colorful meals that come together to form a nutrient-rich rainbow on the plate. It’s the combination of nutrition and flavor that enhances the overall health and well-being of our residents,” said Geiser.

As we age, maintaining a healthy diet and nutrition can be challenging. Senior Living makes it so much easier to meet the daily nutritional requirements for older adults! Plus, it’s more fun when you can share a good meal with friends!

An equally important function of the dining experience in a senior living community is social wellness. Dining isn’t simply a necessary activity; it’s a catalyst for camaraderie and connection. Communal dining in senior living provides opportunities for residents to enjoy companionship, fostering a strong sense of community. By making the dining experience a social event, Sonata promotes interaction between residents, which is integral to holistic health and wellness.

“There’s something incredibly special about sharing a meal together,” said Geiser. “Dining experiences at Sonata nourish the body while also nurturing social connections to reinforce the feeling of community and belonging.”

The Dementia Diet and Vital Nutrients

When we’re young, most of us can eat what we want. As we age, changes in the body impact not only how much we eat, but how we process essential nutrients. While we can’t prevent aging, we can thwart some of the unwanted side effects that come from aging by improving diet and nutrition. Due to changes in cellular activity, older adults may have more difficultly absorbing nutrients, leading to nutritional deficiencies. People with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia also struggle to get a sufficient amount of nutrients in their diet, leading to unwanted weight loss.

If you are a caregiver, you already know how challenging it is to maintain health and nutrition in those with memory impairment. At Serenades Memory Care, a special dementia diet incorporates nutritionally dense options and creative finger foods to encourage frequent eating throughout the day and minimize the nutritional challenges posed by dementia. Learn about the connection between diet and dementia in women and how Serenades Memory Care For Her caters to women’s unique needs through programming and meal planning.

Dining Services at Sonata

Older adults are at higher risk of developing chronic disease due to poor diet and nutrition. When it comes to eating for healthy aging, senior living may be the solution! Sonata seamlessly blends a five-star dining experience with AgeWell Solvere’s signature dishes and modern concepts associated with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diets. Senior superfoods and other nutrient-rich foods that promote cardiovascular and brain health are frequently found on our menus. Still, dietary restrictions vary among residents, so Sonata’s executive chefs include choices for those with special dietary needs, including low-calorie, sugar-free, low-fat, vegetarian, and low-sodium options.

“Nutritional considerations are not an afterthought but the main driving force behind menu creation at Sonata. We combine nutritional guidelines for seniors with our residents’ favorite selections, ensuring every dish delivers on health as much as it does on flavor,” said Geiser.

A registered dietician signs off on every menu for nutritional value as well as a few extra goodies. Even your favorite restaurant can get old if the menu never changes. At Sonata, you can expect every dish to be delicious, nutritious, and new! Residents look forward to a new menu every four weeks that incorporate:

  • Fresh fall, winter, spring and summer produce…whatever is in season will be on your plate!
  • Immunity-boosting foods such as berries, fruits, and fiber-rich veggies.
  • Heart-healthy options low in saturated fats, sodium and sugar.
  • Superfoods known to improve senior health and nutrition
  • Delicious, award-winning desserts, including cakes, cookies and puddings, yum-yum!
  • An “always available” menu featuring favorite recipes as rated by our residents.
  • Homestyle meals to recreate familiar flavors (think homemade chicken soup)
  • Holiday treats and Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter feasts
  • Birthday cakes and sweets
  • Mocktails and fruit-infused drinks to help older adults stay hydrated
  • Traveling ice cream carts, taco stands, guacamole stations and cooking demonstrations….we’re always cooking up something new!
  • Dementia-friendly finger foods at Serenades Memory Care communities

At Sonata, our restaurant-style dining rooms serve up nutritious, appetizing meals that meet each resident’s needs three times a day. Grab-and-go options and snacks are also available to residents throughout the day and an “Anytime Dining” menu allows residents to dine at their leisure.

Daily choices include freshly prepared soups and salads, sandwiches, heart-healthy legumes and grains, and a huge selection of main dishes, entrées, vegetables, sides,

“Service excellence is our commitment to every resident,” Geiser added. “We’re revamping the perception of dining in senior living by providing our residents with access to food that’s as nourishing as it is delicious. After all, Sonata is more than a place to live—it’s a wellness destination dedicated to helping older adults enjoy every aspect of life, including every meal!”

With its well-rounded approach, Sonata by AgeWell Solvere Living dispels any notion of monotonous meal options in senior communities, replacing it with a dynamic dining experience  that embodies all aspects of healthy aging and longevity! Bon Appétit!

Schedule a visit to Sonata and find out what’s on the menu tonight!

Expect More At Sonata

Visit a Sonata community and find out why putting service first has allowed us to continually raise the bar in senior living and exceed our residents’ expectations.