9. Nutrition For The Aged with Cherie Hugo | Lunch Gold with Ronsley Vaz | Carers Week | Health Navigator Tool
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Cherie Hugo is an experienced practicing dietician who has worked in the aged care industry for fifteen years. Cherie and a team of dieticians now work together in Cherie’s business, My Nutrition Clinic, to consult with the general public and providers to advocate nutrition for the aged.
Cherie has established an amazing initiative, The Lantern Project. This is a collaboration of experts with a vision to improve the quality of life for aged care residents . They want all people to just have great food experiences. Sometimes it can be challenges to strike that balance between medical needs such as softened food and great food experiences, but that is their mission. They recognise that as malnutrition increases, quality of life decreases, which is the hub of their notion to advocate nutrition for the aged.
The benefits of great nutrition of the aged are far-reaching other than the quality of life. Great nutrition leads to healthy skin, good gastrointestinal health, great hydration providing a sense of wellness. That is what Cherie and her team are aiming to achieve.
Phill discovers some news in the world of home care. Phill gives us an update on a great initiative that has been held in Queensland this week, celebrating the incredible work of carers with Carers’ Week. He’s found some research on mouth cares that has recently been published in one of the scientific journals. Also, Phill has come across some statistics on adults’ care needs, particularly relating to the US but transferrable to the Australian setting also.
Get Out Of The House
Phill takes a look each week at what is going on around him in his community, South East Queensland, to give people ideas about ways to get out of the house.
This week, he found a great website for the Ipswich community for things to do. Some great weather and outdoors-themed activities this week with Phill having come across activities like Climate Watch & OzDocs. Some great volunteering opportunities here.
Phill meets up again with Ronsley Vaz from Bond Appetit to cover great nutrition tips, in keeping with today’s theme particularly—nutrition for the aged.
Ronsley gives us some insights into the value of organic produce to limit the chance of food poisoning.
Lessons From The Study
Phill takes a look at a great online tool to assess how healthy you are currently. The tool is called The Health Navigator and identifies any risk that is present for chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes. This resource is free and provides you a full report afterwards. Don’t forget that any kind of tool or online resource that you use is always best to be in conjunction with a conversation with your General Practitioner as they know you and your health history the best!