Ponder this whilst you nibble……
I made Fruit and Nut Balls this morning. The recipe for these treats is my favourite from Cooking for Older People, Easy Recipes for One or Two, produced by the Canterbury District Health Board, 2011 Edition. They don’t require cooking, so are super easy to make!As usual, I play around with the printed recipe. Sometimes I add crystalised ginger and chocolate chips, as I did today. This is the result.Now here is the part to ponder. In the foreward to the recipe book the following statements are made:
Eating well in old age is essential to enjoying life to the full;
Undernutrition in older people is a growing concern in our community;
Age Concern community workers often work with older people who show signs of malnutrition;
A survey of older people, admitted for fractured hips at Christchurch Hospital, found 42% were significantly malnourished;
Despite the need, nutritional information for older people has not been readily available.
My ponderings ….undernutrition and malnutrition of our elderly affects all socio economic groups. The elderly are often unaware that it is happening. Do we need a Jamie Oliver or MasterChef series to raise awareness of this nutritional problem? Do we need a return to the culture exemplified by Selwyn Muru in the excellent interview on Waka Huia on Sunday, November 25th on TV One. If my memory is correct, he said that, as youngsters, they were taught to fish by their parents and then to gift the fish to the elders in the community. Were the elders malnourished? I don’t know, but family concern for their well being was paramount, so,perhaps, with such attention all manner of pitfalls were avoided.
Going to have a fruit and nut ball and ponder that some more. 🙂