Calcium and Dairy in Aged Care

Calcium is important for strong bones and healthy teeth. The best sources of calcium are dairy foods; however there are other sources available for those who do not eat dairy products. Leading Nutrition dietitians are finding that many aged care menus are not including enough dairy for their residents
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend older people consume three and and a half to four serves of milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat each day. Read more »

Latest Resource in Nutrition and Food for Older People

The New South Wales Central Coast Local Health District has launched a revised edition of its nutrition guide for older people.
Eating Well. A Nutrition Resource for Older People and Their Carers (Booklet and Brochure) has been written to provide practical food and nutrition ideas and advice for older people, their carers and support workers.
Leading Nutrition dietitians love all the great food examples they provide – particularly on high protein breakfast ideas!
The 60-page book is available for free to download as a pdf. Read more »

Diet – the “Drug of choice” to prevent and treat constipation

Constipation is a common issue in aged care homes and is seen in many residents. Dietitians are particularly concerned about constipation in residents as it can lead to a feeling of discomfort and fullness, causing a reduced appetite and can be a contributor to malnutrition. Fortunately, there are many things that your home can do to help bring constipation rates down. This can help improve residents’ health and also lead to a reduced reliance on medications and laxatives. Read more »

Health and Climate Change

The impacts of climate change on health are becoming increasingly obvious, the below newsletter reveals some data and prompts health professionals to divest away from fossil fuels. As health professionals you may be interested in the research and the impacts. Beyond this article food supply is a critical factor we need to consider. Very concerning and thought provoking.
Climate and Health Alliance – Investing in Health
Written by Dr Nick Watts, the lead author of the landmark Health and Climate Commission published by The Lancet in 2015, Read more »

Nutrition and Falls Prevention

Background
Presently, falls are among the most serious preventable injury facing older Australians (1), and nutrition is one of the key risk factors.
The nutritional status of an elderly adult has been shown to be a determining factor in their risk of falling, severity of injuries incurred and recovery time after a fall related injury(2). Studies have confirmed that deficiencies in micro- and macro-nutrients are associated with increased falls risk due to the many side effects of poor nutritional condition, Read more »

Does Artificial Feeding (aka Enteral Nutrition) Have a Place in Aged Care?

What is enteral nutrition or artificial feeding?
Enteral nutrition support refers to the introduction of a nutritionally complete liquid formula directly into the stomach or small intestine. The tube is specifically designed and often very narrow to allow for this.
This is usually considered for individuals who have difficulty eating or when eating alone does not meet their nutritional requirements. Enteral nutrition has been shown to be safe in most circumstances, cost effective, and compatible with the body’s normal processes. Read more »

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