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FOOD & DRINK


Weighing Up The


Possibilities


Dr Stephen Tomkins, a dedicated GP working for care group Encore Care Homes’ Fairmile Grange site, explains the importance of the elderly retaining their weight.


The start of a new year brings the expectation that everyone should feel motivated to make some major lifestyle changes by improving their diet and making time to exercise more, with the goal to lose weight.


At Encore, we promote the need for our residents to enjoy a healthy balanced diet all year round and our in-house catering team uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in its nutrition- rich meals on a daily basis. Many of us want to shed a few pounds aſter the Christmas period; however, weight loss in the elderly is most oſten not intentional and could suggest that there is an underlying health issue, which we would look into.


As we age, malnutrition is very common amongst those aged 65 and over. This could be caused by a number of reasons; from bereavement and loneliness causing a loss of appetite, to the elderly simply being unable to cook for themselves as they find preparing meals difficult and cannot stand for long periods of time. It is therefore essential that all elderly members of the community receive the personalised care that they require.


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