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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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    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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    8 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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    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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