The nutritional lifestyle of the elderly is often overlooked, however malnutrition creates serious healthcare problems in over 65’s.
I aim to combine unawareness of healthy eating and cooking, with problems of social isolation, by offering group healthy cooking sessions.
'Malnutrition is a significant, and neglected, public health problem. It affects over 10% of people over the age of 65. Malnutrition costs more than £7.3 billion per year, and over half of these costs are expended on people over the age of 65.'
Source: Bapen 2019
There are many reasons why the elderly become malnourished, here are just a few of them:
Physiologic - unable to enjoy food as they have lost the ability to smell or taste food.
Pathologic - difficulty swallowing, dementia, disease such as diabetes, etc.
Sociologic - are they able to shop for food and cook for themselves, and interact with others at mealtimes.
Physiologic - Depression, anxiety and loneliness.
Social Isolation is a huge area, which can be helped by getting people together to have fun in
classes and workshops.
To overcome some of these causes of malnutrition, I offer the following services:
Workshops to educate carers about the importance of nutrition concerning the elderly.
Workshops to help the elderly themselves understand the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
‘Meet and Eat’ groups where over 55’s can get together, learn how to cook something new, enjoy a meal they made themselves, and socialise.
Please watch our video clip below to learn more about our work