September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.
Just 40 years ago, during the height of the AIDS epidemic, no one could have dreamed that there would be need for an observance an event such as this – a day that brings to light the challenges faced by the aging population living with HIV/AIDS.
With advances in treatment, people with HIV are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. But adults approaching their senior years while living with the disease need support. LifeCare Alliance is dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of those patients and their families living with HIV/AIDS in central Ohio – our Project OpenHand-Columbus (POHC) offers an extensive intervention program that addresses the causes of malnutrition and hunger associated with HIV/AIDS.
Medical research has shown that a healthy diet is a powerful weapon in fighting infections. Nutritious food can change the course of disease, lessen the harsh side effects of medications, and help the body’s immune system prevent and stop further infections. Armed with this knowledge, POHC provides an extensive intervention program – free of charge – to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in central Ohio:
- Home-delivered meals are hot or frozen and prepared under the direction of a registered dietitian, right here in our central Ohio kitchen.
- Congregate dining centers like Carrie’s Café are open to people ages 60+ and provide a daily nutritious meal in the company of friends and peers.
- One-on-one nutrition counseling helps clients take control of their own nutritional well-being.
- Emergency meal assistance is in place for clients in distress. Meals are delivered within 48 hours to a client’s home, when requested by case managers.
Click here to learn more about Project OpenHand-Columbus and the support we provide to our neighbors living with HIV/AIDS – as they age with dignity, independence, and better health than ever before.