Food & diet

New online portal dispels health myths for seniors

National Seniors’ new online resource launched today aims to help older people stay healthier as they age.

The Healthy Ageing Hub links users to information on ways to deal with chronic health conditions and pathways to a healthier lifestyle, based on the latest scientific research from Australia and around the world.

Healthy Ageing: The state of the evidence and available resources

Australia’s population is growing older and a greater proportion of Australians are living longer than ever before. As a result, more people are developing, and living longer with, diseases and disabilities associated with ageing. With escalating health care demands the expected increase in burden of disease in Australia has been reported to be unsustainable. On an individual level, disease and disability can impair quality of life and wellbeing by restricting activity, mobility, social connectedness, and community participation.

Staying active and engaged the keys to healthy ageing

Sunday, 1 October, is the International Day of Older Persons, which seeks to strengthen their participation in social, cultural, economic, civic and political life.

This year’s theme is: Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.

It is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies in events and activities throughout Australia.

Diet dilemmas put down to personality types

If you’ve ever questioned why you cannot lose weight, the answer may lie in your personality type, according to the CSIRO.

The scientific research agency analysed results of a survey of more than 90,000 people to gain a comprehensive picture of why many people find it hard to maintain a healthy diet.

CSIRO’s report focussed on the five most common diet personality types across the surveyed population, and looked at the major stumbling blocks for each type.

It found food cravings were one of the most common reasons diets fail.

Another excuse to eat chocolate

Most people don’t need an excuse but now there is scientific evidence that eating chocolate may actually help improve your brain function.

In a recent review published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition

Italian researchers examined studies into what happens to your brain after you eat chocolate high in cocoa flavanols, a form of flavonoids, which are plant-based substances with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

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