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