Happy Holidays from Leading Nutrition

Leading Nutrition would like to wish all of our residents, homes and customers Happy Holidays! Thank you to all our wonderful staff who have worked very hard this year. In addition to our regular work in Nutrition and Dietetic services to the ageing population we have also completed 46 menu reviews for aged care homes and Meals on Wheels, travelled to 42 rural areas, ran 5 successful Food for The Ages Seminars, spoke at Better Practice Conferences and Institute for Hospitality in Healthcare and assisted with Resource Development. Read more »

Christmas and Special Diets in Aged Care Homes

It’s the special time where family, friends and staff at aged care homes come together over wonderful food and festivities. Food is important throughout the year, but it tends to be one of the main focuses at Christmas time and everyone looks forward to the Christmas meals. Many residents will be enjoying glazed ham or turkey with gravy, roast vegetables and Christmas pudding. However, there will be a number of residents in your homes who require special diets. Read more »

What is Considered Overweight in Older People?

As new research emerges it is becoming apparent that the risks of being overweight as an older person are not the same as the risk of overweight in younger adults (i.e. under 60 years old). Being overweight as an older adult, those who live in nursing homes and aged care, may go some way towards promoting health.
Although it does have it’s limitations, BMI can be used for older population to determine whether they are within their ‘ideal weight range’. Read more »

Starvation in the Land of the Plenty: why Australian’s are malnourished

A very interesting article written by The Conversation – full article here.
Malnutrition is a significant issue around the world, especially in developing countries. But it’s not just a problem for poor nations; a large number of older Australians also suffer from this insidious condition, which has some very serious repercussions. Encompassing both under-nutrition and over-nutrition, malnutrition is when the body doesn’t receive enough nutrients for proper function.
Under-nutrition occurs when insufficient food is consumed, resulting in weight loss or muscle wasting – or both. Read more »

Diabetes, diet and quality of life – A little sugar is okay…

Diabetes affects approximately 15% of people over the age of 65 (1) and thus affects numerous people living in residential aged care facilities. As the prevalence of diabetes is continually increasing, the number of people in residential care that suffer from diabetes is also rising. It is therefore important that staff, family and friends are aware of the most appropriate nutritional management of diabetes for people in residential care, where quality of life plays an integral role. Read more »

Where is Gluten Hiding in Your Kitchen?

The number of requests for aged care facilities to prepare gluten free diets is increasing. Take a walk down the health-food isle of any supermarket and you will be bombarded with an array of glossy packaging that labels products as gluten free. If you were asked tomorrow to provide a nourishing gluten free menu for one or more of your residents at your facility, would you have the skills, knowledge, equipment and ingredients to do so? Read more »

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