The Baltimore County Department of Aging is running No Senior Eats Alone day today, Sept. 23, in order to draw attention to the effects of social isolation on seniors.

According to the department, the goal of the day “is to help make older adults feel valued and connected, establish better eating habits, and improve nutrition and health.”

In addition to partners holding specials today, the department encourages people to share a meal with an older adult that you work or volunteer with, take an older adult out to a restaurant or prepare a meal at home for them, provide a gathering space for older adults to eat together, host a special meal with activities and entertainment through a local church, community center or organization, provide a discount at restaurants or offer a special price for seniors, promote the event through your friends, family and local organizations, sign up for a meal at a local senior center or senior housing facility, or invite an older adult to join if you already attend.

The following local businesses are participating:

Crossroads Bistro

5200 North Point Boulevard, Edgemere, Maryland 21219

410-477-6000

Half price meals for seniors when mentioning NSEAD, dine in or carryout. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Donna’s Tavern and Restaurant

6607 Pine Avenue, Dundalk, Maryland 21222

410-633-6677

Receive a free dessert with any purchase when you mention NSEAD. Noon to 8 p.m.

Squire’s Restaurant

6723 Holabird Avenue, Dundalk, Maryland 21222

410-288-0081

20% off for seniors when you mention NSEAD. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

According to the aging department, sharing a meal with seniors can increase life expectancy, improve mental health and cognitive status, encourage more nutritious meals with higher satisfaction, increase feelings of motivation to care for themselves, decrease high blood pressure and cholesterol, lower feelings of depression and loneliness, reduce risk for physical and psychological health decline and decrease risk of falls due to better nutrition.