The results of several recent research studies into nutrition have reversed some long-held beliefs. For instance, until recently, eggs were believed to add to blood cholesterol problems, it now turns out that they could be part of the solution rather than the problem. However, nothing has been more surprising than the information from the Dieticians Association of Australia that a staggering 30 to 40 per cent of older Australians are either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.
It is important to look a little under the surface and realise that the statistics mainly related to older people in the community at large not in retirement villages; although at first the release of the statistics was perhaps understandably followed by questions about food standards in retirement villages. In face, the special focus given to meals and nourishment within retirement villages could well mean that nutrition levels are better than the wider community.
That said, it is an unacceptable statistic from the whole Australian communities’ perspective, that requires action not only from individuals themselves but also from leaders in seniors communities such as retirement villages. We asked Aveo Group, a leading provider of residential retirement living about their views on this and the types of steps being take by the retirement community to fight this scenario of a poorly nourished older population.
According to Aveo’s National Food Services Manager, John Casey, we cannot underestimate the importance of dining options, food quality and service levels within retirement communities across Australia.
“In the absence of industry standards, Aveo is the country’s first retirement village network to proactively introduce a national nutritional framework across its entire restaurant and catering services.”
This article appeared in Australian Over 50’s Living and Lifestyle Guide in August.