Eating Well

Eating Well

Eating well is important to help older people stay well, independent and living in their own home.

The information on this page is of a general nature. If you have any health concerns or need individualised advice, talk to your GP or an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Appetite for Life manual

The Appetite for Life manual has a range of simple and practical fact sheets to help older people to eat well.

This video shows services how to use the Appetite for Life manual.

Planning meals

As we get older, changes in taste, appetite and lifestyle can all have negative effects on our nutrition. Planning meals can help with budgeting, time management, ensuring nutrition needs are met, and a variety of food is offered. Here is some information to help individuals, carers and service providers to plan meals for older people.

The five food groups

Unsure how much dairy, fruit or meat is needed each day? This fact sheet will help you to plan meals from the five food groups and gives examples of serve sizes.

What does a day of eating look like?

Eating with Friends

Eating with Friends is a Tasmanian social eating program bringing older people together to share a nutritious meal and make new friends.

National Meal Guidelines: for centre based and home delivered meals

The aim of the National Meal Guidelines is to support CHSP meal providers in offering nutritious meals and gives practical menu planning advice. They help ensure centre based and home delivered meals meet the nutrition needs of older people living at home.

View the National Meal Guidelines

For an accessible version of the National Meal Guidelines, please contact the site administrator

Menu planning

These menu planning tools can help service providers plan meals based on the five food groups. Choose the tool which best suits your service. The weekly checklist may help to keep track of the number of serves and food groups each meal provides.

For health and community service staff and volunteers

A range of activities and resources to use in your service to help promote eating well for older people.

Activity kits

  • Classifying foods activity kit – this activity kit is a great way to get clients talking about the five food groups. It shows how some foods and drinks can fall into more than one food group. For example, did you know that legumes are both a vegetable and meat alternative?
  • Fluids activity kit – did you know older people need at least eight glasses of fluid a day? But what counts as a fluid? Find out using this activity kit.

Promoting healthy eating throughout the year

This poster can help you plan to include health promotion ideas activities and events throughout the year.

Ways your service can support older people to eat well

These videos provide tips and ideas for your service on how you can support older people to eat well.

These videos share how two Tasmanian services are supporting nutrition for older people.

Newsletter articles

Choose from a range of newsletter articles on eating well for older people. These articles can be copied and pasted into your own service newsletter.

Online training

For more information about eating well, complete the free Nutrition for Older People online training.

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