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Eating Well in Lockdown

Have you been excited about food and mealtimes over lockdown?  Or did the isolation stretch your creative capacity for home cooking a little too far?  If you are caring for an independent elder over lockdown, make sure you have some conversations about their appetite and their meals, even as the restrictions ease. Lockdowns impose a level of isolation on us which can threaten routines that normally safeguard good nutrition habits. Keeping to a routine can be a superpower – until itâ€...

September 22, 2021

We do life best together

My mother recently started participating in online exercise classes. At 10AM, three days a week, I can find her seated in front of her laptop in her living room, following her online instructor. This is new for her: she has never been ‘sporty’ and has always felt a little clumsy. While she has no trouble being physically active in gardening or housework, making time for ‘exercise’ is something she resists. Even when she knows it will be of benefit to her, such as the exercises the physic...

June 11, 2021

Journeying with our Elders

To the young, the journey into old age may look like a downhill slide, but for those on that road, it can feel like an uphill slog.Being a dietitian for the aging and the elderly has been my primary dietetic career. Working mostly in care homes I am often aware that I walk into a world of loss – loss of independence, a chosen home, a life partner, friends and sometimes children, health and even memories.  Those layers of loss can be overwhelming at times, and can present a thick screen be...

March 16, 2021

If we didn’t have food, would we have families?

I came across this question years ago in a coffee table book. It was written in large, plain print across a double page, with no images to distract the reader from the question. At first the question startled me; aren’t families a biological survival mechanism, a natural human formation?  Then the question grabbed me and I tried imagining my life without food. What a dramatic mind game! Suddenly the whole landscape of life changed. The layout of the house changed. Gone was the k...

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