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Latest News

  • R U OK? Asking important questions this week and beyond 09 Sep 2021

    September 9th is R U OK? Day. This annual event aims to put a spotlight on mental health and encourages us to talk about hard things. Older people are more likely to have been isolated during the pandemic. It is more important than ever to bring the older people in your life into the conversations you’re having about mental health.

  • National Stroke Week 2nd-8th August 2021 03 Aug 2021

    During National Stroke Week (2nd-8th August 2021) we are taking a look at how nutrition can help reduce the risk of stroke.

  • Super-charged soups 15 Jul 2021

    Soup is a great option when it’s cold and grey outside. Here, we give some ideas on how to make a soup meal as nourishing as possible.

  • "How can I reduce my risk of bowel cancer?" 23 Jun 2021

    June is bowel cancer awareness month. Some people are at higher risk of bowel cancer than others, but there are some steps that we can all take to reduce our risk of bowel cancer longer-term.

  • That’s a wrap! State HACC forum 2021 27 May 2021

    The CHSP Community Nutrition team ran two workshops at the State HACC forum held in Launceston in March 2021. In this blog we share the recipes we made on the day.

  • Share a meal for mental health 12 May 2021

    Social isolation and loneliness are becoming increasingly common in older Tasmanians. In this blog, we discuss the importance of sharing a meal and how food can help to bring people together.

  • Alcohol consumption guidelines for older people 31 Mar 2021

    Older people report drinking alcohol more regularly than people in younger age groups. In this blog, we look at the alcohol consumption recommendations relevant to older people.

  • Celebrating the older people in our lives this Senior's Week 31 Mar 2021

    This week is COTA’s Seniors Week. We asked people in our office to share something special about an older person in their life. In this blog, we’ve shared some of our favourite stories.

  • Gardening for good health: it's time to get your dose 31 Mar 2021

    Spring is in the air. Did you know that gardening jobs can help to build muscle and stronger bones? Here we give some suggestions on making the most of your outdoor time.

  • New resource: Exercise for Older Adults 02 Mar 2021

    Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) have released a free eBook called Exercise for Older Adults. This resource promotes the benefits of physical activity for older adults.

  • It’s barbeque season! 15 Jan 2021

    Summer in Australia is often celebrated by gathering for a barbeque. In this blog, we identify some needs more specific to older people and provide tips to ensure they can safely enjoy barbeque food.

  • Staying heat safe this summer 15 Jan 2021

    Older people are at higher risk of becoming unwell in hot weather. There are some small actions that can be taken to help stay safe.

  • Keeping safe while staying connected this festive season 11 Dec 2020

    The restrictions on travel and socialising have made it harder to connect throughout 2020, so it’s understandable that people want to come together this festive season. Here, we give some suggestions to help older people to stay safe and connected over the coming weeks.

  • A nourishing picnic 23 Nov 2020

    Spring is in the air, and as the weather warms up it’s a lovely time to connect with friends and family. Sharing a picnic is a great way to spend time together.

  • All about arthritis 12 Oct 2020

    October 12 is World Arthritis Day. If you are one of the one in seven Australians who have some form of arthritis, you’ll know it can seriously impact on your quality of life. Understanding arthritis can help you live well and manage your condition.

  • Free online training for those who care for older people 05 Oct 2020

    Are you looking to gain new skills to support you in caring for older people? An evaluation of our Malnutrition in Older People online training found that 94% of people would recommend the training to others.

  • Healing wounds by eating well 07 Sep 2020

    Older people have delicate skin which is more prone to injuries like bruises or cuts. These minor injuries can sometimes turn into more serious chronic wounds. Here we discuss how eating well can help prevent wounds from becoming chronic, heal quicker and how we can overcome barriers to wound healing.

  • Building strong bones for a strong Tasmania 17 Aug 2020

    Healthy Bones Action Week is 17 to 23 August 2020. In this blog, we take a look at what we can do to keep our bones strong and prevent osteoporosis.

  • Spotlight on diabetes and mental health 13 Jul 2020

    A new diagnosis and living with diabetes can be overwhelming. Taking a step by step approach to work through medical issues and any changes to your eating or lifestyle can help.

  • Check out the new Appetite for Life! 16 Jun 2020

    Looking for fact sheets on practical and nourishing food ideas for older people? Need reliable nutrition information on diabetes or heart disease for your clients? All these resources and more are available in the updated Appetite for Life, now conveniently located on the Healthy Ageing website.

  • Focus on fibre 05 Jun 2020

    June is bowel cancer awareness month. Let’s take a closer look at eating well for bowel health.

  • Tassie winter and vitamin D 02 Jun 2020

    With the days getting colder and the day light hours getting shorter, older people may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

  • Preparing meals for others 07 May 2020

    Cooking or preparing a meal for a neighbour or loved one is something that a lot of people are doing now. It is a good idea to consider nutrition needs and basic food safety advice for people aged over 65 years.

  • Keeping active at home 06 May 2020

    Keeping active is important for older people to stay well. This blog takes a look at how older people can be active in their own homes.

  • Staying Connected While Staying In 28 Apr 2020

    Self isolation may make it more challenging for older people to feel connected. In this blog, we take look at some ideas to help older people feel connected.

  • Keeping older people well during a crisis 18 Mar 2020

    It is important that we keep older people well and safe during the coronavirus outbreak. In this blog, we look at how we can support older people living in our community.

  • Traditional Easter Recipes from Around the World 12 Mar 2020

    Need some Easter celebration inspiration? In this blog we take a look at two delicious Easter recipes from around the world!

  • Celebrating Harmony Day 12 Mar 2020

    Harmony Day is held on the 21st March in Australia.  We celebrate Harmony Day to promote diversity and acceptance of other cultures. In this blog, we take a look at how you can celebrate in your community.

  • Let's get seasonal 13 Feb 2020

    Summer is a season of warm weather, long days and lots of fresh Tasmanian fruit and vegetables! Here are our top 3 reasons to shop and eat seasonally.

  • How to keep hydrated 23 Jan 2020

    As we get older, we tend to feel less thirsty. To make it easier for over 65’s to stay hydrated we share our top tips for getting older people to drink more water.

  • Get ready for summer heat 17 Jan 2020

    Hot weather may affect older people more than others. Many older people are at increased risk of becoming ill in hot weather due to living alone, taking certain medications or having chronic medical conditions. Find out how to get ready for summer here.

  • It’s smoky outside! What can I do? 07 Jan 2020

    If you are over 65, smoke from fires can harm your health by reducing the quality of the air you breathe. Here’s what you can do.

  • Physical Activity Programs 20 Dec 2019

    Are you keen to join a physical activity program but don’t know where to start, where to go or who to contact? Are you wanting to share your love for exercise with others or meet new people?

    Or do you know an older person who would benefit from seeing an exercise physiologist or exercise professional?

    Find out more about physical activity programs in Tasmania here.

  • Connecting with others this festive season 12 Dec 2019

    The festive season can be a lonely time of the year for many older people.

    If you know of an older person who may be feeling lonely during this time of year, here are a few ideas that may help lift their spirits.

  • Physical Activity Providers: who can help? 25 Nov 2019

    It can often be difficult to know where to go and who can help with physical activity. Here, we explain the roles of three key physical activity providers.

  • Seniors Week 16 Oct 2019

    This week is the 22nd annual Seniors Week. The theme for this year is ‘Connections’.  Find out more about Seniors week, how you can get involved and how to get older people connecting to their local communities.

  • Spring has sprung! 02 Oct 2019

    It’s that time of year when the days are starting to warm up and the flowers are in bloom. As we all start to defrost from the Tasmanian winter, we look ahead to what this new season brings.

  • Preventing Malnutrition 01 Oct 2019

    This week is Malnutrition Awareness Week.

    Malnutrition is a major health problem for older people. Do you know the warning signs?

  • Finger foods for dementia 16 Sep 2019

    This week is Dementia Action Week, which aims to raise awareness of dementia and the issues associated with it. People with dementia may struggle to eat well for many reasons.

  • Eating well on a budget 06 Aug 2019

    It can feel hard to eat well when you’re on a budget. Other things like bills or medicine can often take priority over groceries. Take a look at these ideas on how to be thrifty and still eat well.

  • Winter Warmer 19 Jun 2019

    Winter has arrived in Tassie! The days are shorter and the nights are cooler. Here, we take a look at the produce that is in season and how you can cook up your own winter feast.

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