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Food safety and security

Proper nutrition is important for older adults wishing to fuel a healthy, active lifestyle. In order to achieve this, older adults need access to the right kind of foods in their communities, and need to be confident it is safe for them. Read more about these issues as well as the related issues of nutritional awareness and education, food aid, food standards, and more in our resources below.

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    Why Are Older Adults at Risk for Food Insecurity? Raising Awareness on World Food Day

    Institute on Aging
    Many older adults face food insecurity and daily hunger. Read this resource to learn about why older adults are going hungry and what can be done to fight this issue.
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    Changing population age structures and sustainable development

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    Population growth and development affect each other. The UN's Commission on Population and Development helps take on the challenges of population growth. Watch this video to learn more about what this UN Commission does.
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    8 ways to thrive in old age

    Fraser Health
    There are many ways to stay healthy during old age and this resource describes 8 ways you can start making changes in your life. Some of these include exercising, eating a balanced diet, learning a new language, volunteering, staying social and getting in touch with your spiritual side.
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    Nutrition needs when you’re over 65

    Better Health Channel
    As you age, your dietary needs also change and by making simple changes in your diet, you can ensure you are living a healthy lifestyle. This resource uses the Australian dietary guidelines to give suggestions on how to alter your diet and also provides advice on how to make quick meals and snacks.
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    Maintaining a Healthy Diet as You Age

    Healthy Families BC
    Maintaining a healthy diet during old age is important in order to ensure that you are getting enough nutrients in your body. This resource provides many healthy eating tips that are easy to implement into your current lifestyle.
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    Seniors and Nutrition: Why Eating Together is Better

    American Senior Communities
    As you age your dietary needs will change and you will most likely find yourself eating less. Eating with family or friends can promote healthy eating habits and encourage better food choices.
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    Healthy Eating and Regular Physical Activity: A Winning Combination for Older Adults

    Active Aging Canada
    Use this resource as a guide for healthy aging and learn how combining healthy eating and physical activity can slow down the progress of certain conditions and reduce your risk of falls. Tips on healthy eating and examples of exercises are provided for your convenience.
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    Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living

    Active Aging Canada
    Use this resource for more information on physical activity as a senior, healthy eating, mental health and beliefs & attitudes. First, learn about each topic and then fill in the blanks at the end of the resource to personalize your own personal passport for healthy living.
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    Are You Eating Your ABCs?

    Aging Care
    Seniors often do not receive adequate amounts of key vitamins in their diet. Use this resource to learn about vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K and how you can easily implement them into your life.
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    10 Tips for a Healthy Diet After Age 50

    Aging Care
    If you are over the age of 50 and are thinking of ways to stay healthy during your retirement, use this resource to learn about small changes that will make a big difference. Tips include taking supplements, increasing fibre in the diet, maintaining a healthy weight and eliminating unnecessary sugars and salt.
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    Nutrient Supplements and Senior Health

    Aging Care
    If you are using multivitamins, consider reading this resource to learn about the possible advantages if you are a senior with nutritional deficiencies. Learn about the possible downfalls of multivitamins as well and make an informed decision.
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    Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Use this handbook as a guide for healthy eating as a senior and learn how you can find balance in your life. Topics covered include supplements, diets for chronic conditions, recipes and many more.
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    Healthy Eating for Seniors Audiobook

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Listen to this audiobook as a guide for healthy eating as a senior and learn how you can find balance in your life. Topics covered include supplements, diets for chronic conditions, recipes and many more.
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    What's on Your Plate

    National Institute on Aging
    Use this resource to learn about lifestyle changes you can implement into your life for healthy aging. Making wise food choices according to your dietary needs, food shopping and safety tips and identifying roadblocks to healthy eating are discussed in this guide.
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    Calorie Restriction and Fasting Diets: What Do We Know?

    National Institute on Aging
    Use this resource to understand the difference between dieting, calorie restriction and fasting dieting. Evidence from human and animal studies are provided for fasting diets and calorie restriction, however the science is uncertain due to the limited generalizability to the whole population.
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    What Do We Know About Healthy Aging?

    National Institute on Aging
    Healthy aging can be achieved many ways and learning how to implement simple changes in your life can be beneficial as a senior. Exercising more often, paying attention to your weight, eating healthy foods rich in micronutrients and engaging with others while enjoying your favourite hobby are all great ways to improve your quality of life during retirement.
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    Age Page: Dietary Supplements

    National Institute on Aging
    If you are a senior or you suspect that a senior is not getting enough nutrients in their diet, use this resource to learn about dietary supplements, vitamins, antioxidants and herbal supplements.
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    AgePage: Healthy Eating After 50

    National Institute on Aging
    With age, eating can become difficult for some and getting enough nutrients from food can become problematic. Use this resource to learn about what nutrients and vitamins you should be getting from your food and tips on how to achieve these nutritional goals.
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    Food Recalls

    Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
    Protect yourself and your family by being aware of recent public advisories for food recalls. This website maintains an up-to-date list of food recalls, issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
  • Evidence Summary

    There is limited evidence on the most cost-effective home-delivered meals programs for older adults

    Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics (2015)
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    Healthy eating for seniors

    Government of Canada - Living in Canada
    Eating with others is an important part of healthy eating. You can join a lunch group or eat with your neighbours. Read this resource to learn more about how you can socialize during meals.
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    Cooking for Seniors in Their Home: The Benefits of Hiring A Pro

    Institute on Aging
    Older adults and their caregivers may struggle with cooking. Hiring a professional chef can be one way to help overcome poor nutrition. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Easy Budget-Friendly Meals

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Read this resource to learn about the obstacles that seniors face when trying to eat healthy meals and stay engaged in the cooking process. Lack of food security due to increasing produce prices and the loss of motivation to cook for one person can lead to serious health problems in seniors.
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    Personal Chefs Can Help Seniors at Home

    Aging Care
    A personal chef can be a way to make sure you have nutritious meals as you age but they can also be a form of companionship. Read this resource to learn about a program that connects older adults with personal chefs called Chefs for Seniors.
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    Why Seniors Refuse to Eat and What You Can Do About It

    Aging Care
    If you are a caregiver for a senior and they are refusing to eat, there are many possible reasons for this behaviour. This may be due to a loss of taste and smell, side effects from medications, loss of motivation to cook or loneliness from eating alone.
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    Eat meals with others

    Government of Canada - Living in Canada
    Canada’s updated 2019 food guide highlights the importance and benefits of eating with others, especially as a senior. Use this resource to learn how you can plan to eat with others more often and make every meal an opportunity for social interaction.
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    Eating Well as You Age

    Help Guide
    Eating well is about more than the food you eat. Eating with others has its own benefits. Read this resource to learn more about how you can make cooking and eating into a social experience.
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    Kitchen Kings

    Age UK
    Joining a cooking class can be a great way for older men to build their independence and make new friends. Learn about how the Kitchen Kings program run by Age UK, has helped older men find social support by learning how to cook.
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    Senior Living: The Risks of Eating Alone

    Senior living
    Eating alone can be both lonely and unhealthy. Eating with other people can be beneficial for your emotional well being. Read this resource to learn more about the ways in which you can get the benefits of eating with others.
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    Tasty Meals When Cooking for One

    Unlock Food
    If you are not used to cooking for yourself and you are not sure how to cook for one person, use this resource for exciting new recipes that are already prepared for you. If eating alone is making you feel isolated and lonely, read the tips in this resource for guidance.
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    A guide to healthy eating for older adults

    Unlock Food
    Seniors who live alone may experience loss of appetite and lose interest in food which can lead to health problems. This guide is packed with tips to ensure that you are eating healthy meals and eating regularly as you age.
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    10 Tips for Planning Meals on a Budget

    Unlock Food
    If you are a senior who is new to grocery shopping on your own or you are looking to save money on your groceries, use this resource for expert tips on shopping on a budget.
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    Planning Wisely when Cooking for One

    Unlock Food
    If you are new to cooking for yourself and do not know where to start, this resource can be used as a guide for planning your meals. It outlines planning meals for one person, budget considerations and nutritional values.
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    Healthy Ageing and the Sustainable Development Goals

    WHO Ageing
    By 2050, the world's population of people over 60 will double. It is important to create a sustainable future that supports healthy aging.
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    Leave no one behind toolkit

    Bond
    Sustainable development should help lift everyone - no matter their social status or age. The "Leave No One Behind" commitment promises to make sure this comes true. Learn more about what steps are being taken around the world so no one is left behind.
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    Do you know all 17 SDGs?

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Watch this short video to learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their impact.
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    The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit: 17 Goals to Transform Our World

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change. They were agreed upon by 193 countries. Learn more about the ways in which these goals hope to build a sustainable future.
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    The lazy person's guide to saving the world

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    The Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved with the help of everyday people! Here are some things that you can do from your couch, your home, your neighbourhood, and workplace, to make the world a better place!
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    Healthy eating for women in their later years

    Better Health Channel
    Malnutrition and decreased appetite are common for older women to experience as their dietary needs change over time. Topics such as weight management, healthy eating for common health conditions and tips for improving appetite are covered in this resource for your convenience.
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    Secrets to healthy ageing

    Better Health Channel
    If you are a senior who is looking to make lifestyle changes to improve your health, use this resource for tips on how to get started. Healthy aging consists of getting active, eating a balanced diet, keeping you brain engaged by learning something new, modifying your home and staying social to name a few.
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    Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Older Adults

    Eat Right Ontario
    In order to live a healthy life in old age, it is important to have an active lifestyle which includes physical activity and a healthy diet. Use this resource to learn how to increase nutrient density without increasing calorie intake and how to integrate more protein into your diet.
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    Special Nutrient Needs of Older Adults

    Eat Right Ontario
    Calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, fibre and potassium needs changes in old age. Use this resource to ensure you are getting enough nutrients in your diet.
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    Nutrition for Seniors and Why Eating Together Is Better

    The Care Guide: Source for Seniors
    Seniors need more calcium, zinc, potassium, vitamin A, D and B12 in their diets in order to cater to their changing bodies. Use this resource for tips on how to cater to these needs and learn about the mental health benefits of eating with other people.
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    Nine Ways to Get Someone to Eat

    Today's Caregiver
    Certain health conditions cause a dramatic decrease in appetite, especially in old age. Use this resource for tips on how to get your loved one to eat more regularly and obtain the most calories and nutrients from their meals.
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    Nutrition for Older Men

    Eat Right Ontario
    Maintaining a healthy diet during old age is important in order to ensure that you are getting enough nutrients in your body. Learn about the specific nutritional and caloric needs that older men have and how to meet these needs.
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    Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging

    Newfoundland and Labrador Children, Seniors and Social Development
    Healthy eating is especially important for seniors in order to maintain good health and independence. Use this resource for advice on how eat a balanced yet diverse diet and learn easy recipes that you can enjoy with loved ones.
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    The Importance of Proper Nutrition for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    As you age your dietary needs will change and you will most likely find yourself eating less. However it is important to ensure you are still getting proper nutrition and this resource can help you by providing healthy eating habits that can be incorporated into your daily life.
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    Nutrition for Elders

    Vitality Magazine
    Special attention should be paid to senior’s diets as they are more at risk for certain conditions. This resource outlines conditions such as dehydration, joint pain, osteoporosis, constipation and memory loss and provides nutritional guidelines to help manage each condition.
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    At-Home Exercise: Turn Housework Into a Workout

    Aging Care
    Some seniors cannot make it to the gym but they can still be active in their own home by turning housework into a workout. Some simple ways to incorporate physical activity in your life can be stretching and lifting when cleaning, using your stairs as an alternative to cardio and working your arm muscles while folding,
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    Healthy and active ageing

    Better Health Channel
    Healthy and active aging includes not only physical activity and eating, but also socializing with others and feeling a sense of community where you live. Tips on types of exercise and healthy food options are given to help you implement this lifestyle change.
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    As You Age... A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol

    U.S Food and Drug Administration
    As a senior, managing medications can become stressful and overwhelming due to the number of different medications that are prescribed for various conditions. In addition, mixing these drugs with alcohol can result in serious side effects. This guide offers tips for safe medication management and alcohol misuse.
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    A Table for One: Hidden Dangers of Eating Alone

    A Place For Mom
    Learn about the importance of eating meals with other people and how loneliness can hinder your appetite. If you suspect that a senior is not eating enough, use this resource to learn tips on encouraging them to maintain a healthy and stable diet. Tips include, checking their refrigerator, asking them about their appetite, signing up for meal delivery services and more.
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    7 Simple Ways to Put Fruits and Veggies Back Into a Senior’s Diet

    Aging Care
    Eating a healthy diet can be hard as a senior especially if you are living alone. Use this resource as a guide to get started in the process of altering your lifestyle by making small and easy changes to your everyday diet.
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    Get More Energy by Eating Smart

    Aging Care
    Overworked caregivers are usually so busy that they forget to take care of themselves and suffer from fatigue. By maintaining a good diet, not skipping breakfast and drinking plenty of water, caregivers can ensure that they are fit to take care of others.
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    Low Cholesterol Diet: How to Cut Out the Fat

    Aging Care
    If you are a senior who is also experiencing obesity, consider using this resource to learn ways you can change your diet to cut out unnecessary fat. Use this resource to also learn about the different types of fat as well as examples of each.
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    A Heart Healthy Diet

    Aging Care
    Consider changing your everyday diet to integrate more fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates and oily fish in order to keep your heart healthy. Making these small changes now will lead to long-term health benefits.
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    Healthy Eating

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    If you are a senior and need help with maintaining a healthy diet, use this resource to guide you in the process. Additional tips and resources from other websites are provided for your benefit.
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    Recipes

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Seniors may have a difficult time when trying to prepare meals due to various reasons. If you are looking for healthy ethnic recipes to try, use this resource for inspiration.
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    You Gave, Now Save Guide to Benefits

    National Council on Aging (US)
    Use this guide as a general guide for seniors and learn about housing assistance, transportation, food assistance, health and prescription information and many other subjects related to senior wellbeing. Links to other websites are also provided.
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    The Safe Living Guide

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    This resource shares risk of injury related to aging and describes ways to prevent falls such as modifying your home, using safety aids, monitoring medication and remaining healthy.
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    Bruno and Alice—A love story in twelve parts about seniors and safety

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    Learn about simple steps seniors can take to prevent injuries by making their home safer and watching out for risks. Resource shares a story to demonstrate common risks and adjustments.
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    Is your home healthy?

    Health Canada
    Improve safe living for seniors by lowering risk factors such as household chemicals, temperature and food products. This resource shares sources with more information.
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    Thinking about aging in place

    Health Canada
    Plan to live in your community by making changes to your home. Consider moving to a community with social support, services, transport and other aging-related needs.
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    Seniors and Aging - Preventing Falls in and around your home

    Health Canada
    This resource shares medical, and environmental factors that can increase the risk of falling and describes how to minimize these risks through all parts of the home. Contact Public Health Canada for more information.
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    Preventing Falls in Older Adults

    Active Aging Canada
    Learn about risks and consequences of falling, and practical ways to adapt to your environment.
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    Moving to Canada: Get your favourite food here!

    Canadian Immigrant
    Finding your favourite cultural food can be challenging. This resource is a list of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan restaurants in 6 cities across Canada.
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    Moving to Canada: Get your groceries here!

    Canadian Immigrant
    Finding cultural grocery stores can be difficult. This resource is a list of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan grocery stores in 6 cities across Canada.
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    Safe internal cooking temperatures

    Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
    You need to cook different meats to different internal temperatures before they are safe to eat. Access this resource for a chart of what the safe internal cooking temperatures are for common household meats.
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    Defrosting meat - Food safety is in your hands!

    Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
    To defrost safely, do it in the fridge, or if you are in a rush, in a sink filled with cold water. You can also defrost meat in a microwave. Always wash your hands after handling raw meat.
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    Frozen chicken - Food safety is in your hands!

    Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
    Many frozen chick products are raw, so make sure to follow the cooking instructions closely. Usually, you will need to bake the food in an oven, instead of micro-waving it. Always wash your hands after handling frozen chicken products.
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    Fruit snack - Food safety is in your hands!

    Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
    Always wash your fruit – even the parts you won’t be eating – to prevent contamination and getting sick. Scrub your fruits with a produce brush and wash them under fresh, running water.
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    Chicken dinner prep - Food safety is in your hands!

    Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
    When preparing a meal with raw meat, always wash your hands after handling the meat. Also use separate knives and cutting boards – one for raw meat, and another for everything else.

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