Resident nutritionists to help seniors stay independent

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Nutritionists in residence to help seniors stay independent

Did you know? With age, protein requirements increase. This is one fact among others that young nutritionists have shared with seniors in RPA. Because well-being has no age.

Cécile Lafontaine and Andrée Tremblay (86 and 79 years old respectively) discover protein snacks prepared by nutrition students at the Université de Montréal.

This is the challenge for many independent seniors: eating well despite lack of appetite, rising food prices or lack of energy to do the shopping and cook.

Nutrition students from the University of Montreal spent several weeks with residents of a private residence for seniors (RPA) to address their concerns.

This unique extension project brings together two generations: the younger ones listened to their elders, who, in turn, learned that their nutritional needs changed with age. And apparently, chemistry has settled between them. Me, I learned that the elderly need more protein. What I didn't know, explains Andrée Tremblay (79 years old).

Many residents who attended the workshops say they were surprised to learn that they had to ingest 20% to 25% more protein than younger adults.

The students produced video capsules to explain the different sources of protein and give tips to seniors to include more vegetable protein in their meals, but also their snacks.

This n&# x27;was not our way of cooking, but for me, it's really interesting to have this contact with young people who bring us new things, exclaims Cécile Lafontaine, 86, who says she is open to the idea of ​​changing her habits.

Examples of snacks made with vegetable proteins: lemon square made with tofu, chickpeas and grilled edamame, savory bread with cheese, flatbreads with Greek yogurt.

It is fundamental to be aware of what you eat. It also saves money and avoids waste, says resident Gilles Rivest. At 77, he has already started a shift by excluding red meat from his diet.

The nutritionists' project also means that the cuisine here has improved, because the management [of the residence] is sensitive to this fact. And then food has to be nice too, says Rivest.

It is thanks to Groupe Sélection's donation to the Université de Montréal that master's students, like Julie Delorme, were able to set up their office in one of the Group's residences in Rosemont and discover autonomous seniors.

In my training, I hadn't really seen this clientele. We saw more people in CHSLDs, more advanced in their lives. She was able to meet, in their community, retirees for whom a healthy diet helps preserve their autonomy.

Eating better, to age better. Since this summer, seniors have been able to benefit from the advice of nutrition students from the University of Montreal. A unique project, in a residence in Rosemont, which will last 3 years. A report by Anne-Louise Despatie.

The director of the University's Department of Nutrition, Marie Marquis, recognizes that this is a clientele that is less talked about in training programs. However, it's the Quebec of today and it's the Quebec of tomorrow, because it is expected that, within 10 years, one in four people will be over 65 years old.

She adds that the Groupe Sélection donation will make it possible for another two years to address other topics such as the importance of fibers , hydration in the elderly or even maintaining a healthy diet despite rising prices.

Provided that the residents first express their interest in these issues, she specifies. We want to start from the questions that interest them. There is no prescription, no obligation. It's meant to be an exchange.

The themes chosen are approached based on research evidence.

When we decided to talk about proteins, it was certain that we would approach vegetable proteins, explains Ms. Marquis. It was to say that we have no choice but to turn to them for questions of sustainable development, but we will turn to them too, given our portfolio, explains Ms. Marquis .

The content prepared by the students until now will be offered in all Groupe Sélection residences, but the video clips will subsequently be available to the general public.< /p>

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