ALBANY \u2014 Thanks to a federal grant, seniors living in the county can register for a \u201cGo & Dine\u201d program that will allow them to eat for free at 10 participating restaurants four times a month.\r\n\r\n\u201cSocial isolation is a serious problem with studies showing that half of those over 60 years old are at risk of social isolation,\u201d said County Executive Dan McCoy. \u201cThat means they don\u2019t have regular contact with family, friends or the outside world and a third of all seniors will experience it at some point in their lives.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe said social isolation can lead to both health and mental health problems with nearly 68,000 seniors making their homes in Albany County, Go & Dine is one way for seniors to get out and interact with people in the community \u2014 and have a healthy meal at the same time.\r\n\r\nParticipants must be 60 years or older and an Albany County resident. The menu is pre-fixed at a pre-fixed price in accordance with the federal Innovations in Nutrition grant program that is funding the meals.\r\n\r\nEach restaurant will offer specific menu items from which to choose. Seniors must complete a registration form with the Albany County Department for Aging to get vouchers for the meals. Any bar service and gratuity will be paid by the participant and there is no take-out service since interaction with others is part of the program.\r\n\r\nDiners are invited to take home any part of the meal that is left-over.\r\n\r\nAlbany and Erie counties are the first in the state to utilize the federal grant for a \u201cGo & Dine\u201d program.\r\n\r\nMcCoy released the list of participating restaurants during a press conference at Tesoro\u2019s in Guilderland on Tuesday, July 12.\r\n\r\nThey are:\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>Tesoro\u2019s- 2080 Western Avenue, Guilderland<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Elevation Burger \u2013 664 New Loudon Road, Latham<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Lazeez \u2013 35 Central Avenue, Albany<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Shaker Pointe Restaurant \u2013 One Bell Tower Drive, Watervliet<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Hungerford Market and Caf\u00e9 \u2013 106 Maple Avenue, Altamont<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Martel\u2019s \u2013 65 O\u2019Neil Road, Albany<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Emma Cleary\u2019s 1926 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Trackside Pizza and More - Coeymans<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Bob\u2019s Diner, 929 19th Street, Watervliet<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nSeniors interested in registering should call the Department for Aging at 518 447-7198 for information.