Snack competition that could help older people stay well fed and healthy

A competition that could help older people overcome the dangers of malnourishment reaches it's climax this week.

The ‘Come Snack With Us’ initiative is being run by NHS organisations in Telford and Wrekin and in Shropshire.

Some older people can be at danger of not eating properly. There are many reasons but they include a loss of appetite, or because a partner who has always taken care of cooking has died.

The competition was opened to all of the residential and care homes in Telford and Wrekin.

Dr Michael Innes, GP and Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG said: “It is really important that older people get proper nutrition, though many do not want  to cook meals or find it difficult to do so.

“We have run ‘Come Snack With Us’ specifically to uncover recipes that will appeal to older people.

The basic guidelines for recipes are that they should:

  • be original and innovative
  • be nutritious
  • be appealing
  • be tasty
  • be suitable for older people
  • use everyday ingredients
  • use locally sourced ingredients where possible
  • not require heating or reheating required

Judges are Ryan Leonard, Head Chef at Shrewsbury Town Football Club and Jan Burns, Chair of the National Dignity Council.

Dr Innes said: ;We would like to produce a resource to share recipes for nutritional snacks across Telford that could really help older people stay well nourished. This will help prevent some of the health complications that come from not eating properly.