Q&A: How much energy do older people need and how can they get it?
In this Q&A, our expert Dietitian, Kaye Dennison (NZRD) shares insights around energy and tips for how older people can get more of it. Older people’s energy needs vary on...Read more
Q&A: How to Reduce Weight Loss in People with Dementia
In this Q&A, our expert Dietitian, Kaye Dennison (NZRD), answers an important question about reducing weight loss in those living with dementia.Read more
Qu: My husband has a swallowing problem and regularly enjoys Pure Foods. I generally eat much the same as him, do I need to do anything extra for myself in regards to fibre?
It is great to hear that you and your husband are coping well with a pureed diet and fantastic to see the importance you place on social eating. There are...Read more
Qu: I am 81yrs old and enjoy gardening but I have a problem with skin cuts & scratches taking a while to heal. What foods will help me with wound healing?
Thanks for your question, it’s great to hear you are keeping active in the outdoors by doing exercise around something you enjoy! From my experience working in the community with...Read more
Qu: "My dad lives alone, is quite frail and lost weight after being in hospital for a few weeks, how do I help him regain independence in his own home?"
For a number of reasons it’s normal for older people to lose weight when in hospital due to: Their illness Lack of appetite Having unfamiliar foods Being unable to access food...Read more
Qu: “My Grandma is taking warfarin (blood thinner), do you know what foods she can and can’t eat?"
Notes: This is a question I was frequently asked as a community dietitian. There is an urban myth that when someone is prescribed warfarin they need to cut out all...Read more
Q: “My Grandma recently had a fall, what foods can she eat to make her stronger and help prevent future falls?"
Answer: Notes: There are a number of ways you could work with Grandma to retain her strength and reduce the likelihood of falls. 1. Encourage her to eat enough protein...Read more
Q: “I have noticed that I have lost a lot of weight over the last 6 months without even trying. My doctor has told me I need to put on some weight, what can I do about it?"
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and wellbeing. There are many reasons for weight loss and it is great to see that you have explored the potential causes for this with your doctor. The good news is that gaining weight is achievable...Read more