Healthy eat­ing

Cockburn Gazette - - WA SENIORS WEEK -

NU­TRI­TION myths are busted in a book­let from in-home care provider Home In­stead Se­nior Care and di­eti­cian and au­thor Ngaire Hob­bins en­ti­tled “Nu­tri­tion for se­niors: A guide to healthy habits for eat­ing well as you age”.

“Re­search has found that up to 30 per cent of older peo­ple liv­ing in the com­mu­nity are ei­ther mal­nour­ished or at risk of mal­nu­tri­tion,” Ms Hob­bins said. “This is gen­er­ally the re­sult of our lack of aware­ness that se­niors have dif­fer­ent nu­tri­tion needs and their eat­ing pat­terns need to change with age to sup­port their phys­i­cal and men­tal ca­pac­ity.”

She said myths in­cluded:

1. Your stom­ach shrinks as you age: Your ap­petite may change but your stom­ach doesn’t shrink as you get older. Not eat­ing well enough ac­cel­er­ates the age­ing process.

2. Weight loss is healthy: This is not the case when you are older. Di­et­ing or un­in­ten­tional weight loss should be avoided and hav­ing a bit of ex­tra pad­ding at a later age can pro­vide es­sen­tial sup­port to your body and brain for the years to come.

3. Drink wa­ter only when you are thirsty: If you feel thirsty, you are slightly de­hy­drated. De­hy­dra­tion can bring on con­fu­sion, hin­der kid­ney func­tion and wors­ens a range of other con­di­tions.

4. Sup­ple­ments are suf­fi­cient: Many sup­ple­ments are un­able to live up to their claims. A lot also in­ter­act with com­mon med­i­ca­tions or they don’t work the way they’re in­tended to if you had con­sumed them from food in­stead.

5. Al­ways eat a “proper” meal: Five or six small meals or well-cho­sen snacks can be just as ben­e­fi­cial as eat­ing three full meals a day. Par­lia­ment House - Talk & Tour themed “par­lia­ment re­mem­bers” in­clud­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of Armistice. The 90-minute tour is at 10.15am and 1pm from Novem­ber 11-16. Cost: $5 per per­son. Book­ings es­sen­tial. Har­vest Ter­race, Perth Man­durah Se­niors and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – Morn­ing tea with Man­durah Mayor Rhys Wil­liams and elected mem­bers, 9am-11am. 41 Ormsby Ter­race, Man­durah City of Gos­nells – Cap­tur­ing your life’s story. Learn the skills to help you start writ­ing your fam­ily his­tory, 9.30am11am. Lyal Richard­son Hall at the Ago­nis Build­ing, 2232 Al­bany High­way, Gos­nells City of Kala­munda – Fish and chips at Cicerel­los (in­cludes re­turn bus trip), 10am-3pm. Pick up from Jack Healey Cen­tre, Mead Street, Kala­munda or Wood­lupine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 88 Hale Road, For­rest­field. Man­durah Se­niors and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – Va­ri­ety Ex­trav­a­ganza Con­cert, 1.30pm-3.30pm. 41 Ormsby Ter­race, Man­durah City of Vin­cent Li­brary – Ivan King is a vet­eran of more than 100 stage pro­duc­tions and show­biz events and will tell sto­ries and anec­dotes about the cul­tural and so­cial life as lived in post­code 6004, 10am-11.30am. 99 Lof­tus Street, Leed­erville City of Gos­nells – Se­niors Week com­mu­nity bar­be­cue, per­for­mance from Mucky Duck Bush Band, 5pm-8pm. Ad­die Mills Cen­tre, 2 Ast­ley Street, Gos­nells Mary Davies Li­brary and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – Artist walk. Lo­cal artist Rachael Lemon will host a guided walk and work with par­tic­i­pants to cre­ate a sketch draw­ing (fresh fruit, cof­fee and tea in­cluded), 10am-noon. 17 Set­tlers Av­enue, Bal­divis Safety Bay Li­brary – Wa­ter­colour paint­ing. Join teach­ers from Mug and Brush for a be­gin­ner’s wa­ter colour paint­ing ses­sion (in­cludes light morn­ing tea), 10.30am12.30pm. 197 Safety Bay Road, Safety Bay High Wy­combe Recre­ation Cen­tre – Sup­per Club Va­ri­ety Show, dance and mu­sic per­for­mance, 3pm-6pm. 200 New­burn Road, High Wy­combe Man­durah Se­niors and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – “Liv­ing Well” se­niors expo. In­for­ma­tion on ser­vices and have-a-try ac­tiv­ity ses­sions for over 55s, 10am-2pm. 41 Ormsby Ter­race, Man­durah

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