Eating well has a far stronger influence on your healthy ageing and wellbeing than you may think. When you feed your body nutritious food, you not only reduce many of the issues related to poor diet, but you also feel much healthier and happier. However, nutritious meals can be time consuming to prepare, difficult to access and expensive for some older people. On this page, you can find information about nutrition, services that deliver prepared meals, and community organisations and social groups that can support you to eat well.
People often have trouble identifying the harmful effects of poor nutrition, as they may only become apparent over a long period of time. The sooner you identify them and change your eating behaviours for the better, the easier it is to get your body in a healthier place.
The symptoms of poor nutrition may surprise you, so it can be helpful to check the list even if you think you eat well.
An article explaining how malnutrition occurs and impacts older Australians, to help you identify malnutrition.
Looking after your nutrition can help you improve your health and feel healthier and happier. There are many resources and services to help you look after your nutrition, ranging from health professionals to recipe books specifically for the needs of older people.
A fact sheet providing information about eating well and ageing well.
An article with in-depth insight and advice about the nutritional needs of people over 60.
A food selection guide visually representing the proportions of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day.
An article explaining how food and mood are linked, encouraging readers to eat food that boosts their mental health.
A digital resource where you can collect your favourite online recipes together as a personalised recipe book. You need to make a free account to save it.
An organisation supporting people with diabetes through prevention and management resources, services and research. The website lists information about dieting and nutrition for people with diabetes.
Your general practitioner (GP) might advise you to see a dietitian for professional help with improving your diet and nutrition. You can start with these resources to find information about seeing a dietitian and services near you.
Eating and nutrition can be greatly impacted by social circumstances, so it’s helpful to get involved in community and social groups that combine good nutrition with social connection.
There are many council programs and organisations that provide opportunities for you to eat good food with good company.
If you need help with travelling to local programs, you may be able to access free and subsidised transport services in your area.
See more about transport here.
A growing network of community gardens and city farms around Australia, providing residents with places to meet and grow healthy food in their neighbourhoods.
Map of Leagues clubs
Leagues clubs are great places to eat well and cost-effectively. You can make new social connections and they offer transport services, such as free courtesy buses. Contact your local club to find out more.
In some cases, access to good nutritious food can be limited by financial resources. A number of organisations provide food relief for those in difficult financial positions, because your finances shouldn’t stop you from eating well.
A map of food relief programs to help disadvantaged people find access food. Type your postcode in the search box to find food relief services near you.
A search tool to help you find food relief services near you. The website also has search tools for various other types of charity services.
A search tool to help you find food vans and kitchens providing food relief for those in need of support. Type your suburb or postcode in the search box to find services near you.
A search tool to help you find neighbourhood and community centres, which provide friendly, localised access to individual, family and community services. Type your suburb or postcode in the search box to find centres near you.
A search tool to help you find pharmacies, where you can access nutritional supplements and other medication support for your nutritional needs. Type your suburb in the search box to find pharmacies near you. You can also select from the ‘services’ drop-down, in the ‘filters’ box, to find pharmacies that offer specific services (e.g. compounding or e-scripts).
Food delivery and meal preparation services are becoming more and more common, so there’s a variety of services you can access if it’s difficult for you to travel to buy groceries or cook your own meals. These services are offered with a range of prices, so find the service that is right for you.
To find meal delivery and preparation services near you, see our map here.
A search tool to help you find your local Meals on Wheels service and sign up to receive meals. Meals on Wheels provide and deliver meals to those who find cooking or shopping for themselves challenging and those living with disability or illness. The meals are sold at production cost price, ranging from $4.50–$12 depending on the service. Type your suburb in the search box to find services near you.
A major benefit of moving into residential aged care is that many aged care facilities provide daily nutritious meals and look after all your cooking and grocery needs, so you don’t have to think about it.
The journey into aged care can be complicated, so these resources can help you figure out what support the government will provide, what costs are involved and how to find the right aged care facility for your needs.
Find more information about aged care options here.
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We would like to express our gratitude to all the healthy ageing advocates, including people living with dementia, older people, families, carers and health professionals, who contributed to the development of this portal. Thank you for sharing your stories and transferring your knowledge to make this portal purposeful and meaningful to support people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.