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The allies for healthy ageing

The allies for healthy ageing

It’s never too late to try new approaches and embrace lifestyle habits that support good health. Consider how these 4 allies can support you in your healthy, active journey.

1. Good Nutrition

As the body changes with age, so too does its nutritional needs, for example its requirements for protein, calcium and vitamin D increase. Changes to lifestyle and appetite can affect what and how much we eat, and without realising it you may not be meeting nutritional needs.

Nutrition Tip

Look up new recipes for variety and think about including nutrients from a range of food types – be adventurous!

Tips for improving your nutrition

  • Get protein from a variety of sources and aim to make it a part of every meal.
  • Include foods that are high in fibre, such as wholegrain cereals, wholemeal bread, fruit, dried fruit, dried peas, beans and lentils.
  • Keep your fluid intake up, as water works with fibre to help keep you regular.

Nutrition Tip

  • Reduce foods like pies, pastries and cakes that are high in fat, and replace with whole foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, lean meats and dairy.
  • Water is the best drink for your body, but tea, coffee, mineral water, soda water and milk all count towards your fluid intake. 1

When to consider nutritional supplements

Ensuring you get enough nutrients, whether it’s through making changes to your diet and/or through the use of supplements, can contribute to improved wellbeing.

  • Consider high quality nutritional supplements if needed to help you get the nutrients you need.
  • If you have any concerns about your diet, keep track of your food consumption for a week to help assess your nutrient level intake, then discuss it with your doctor or other healthcare professional.

4. Positive attitude & social connection

It’s always important to look after our own mental health, and that of others around us. However ageing often brings with it changes, such as an illness in the family, finishing our career or living alone, and they can all contribute to our mental wellbeing.

  • Share time with loved ones even if it’s over simple things like everyday meals.
  • Stay connected with family, friends and community, whether it’s in-person, by phone or social media.
  • Keep moving – physical activity promotes mental, physical and social wellbeing.
  • Get a good night’s sleep – it can help with recovery, lower stress and support greater energy and optimism.

Activity Tip

  • Volunteering and/or joining a special interest group promotes physical, mental and social health. 2

Consume as part of a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula and SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula Plus fibre are a formulated meal replacement and cannot be used as a total diet replacement. SUSTAGEN® Collagen, SUSTAGEN® Everyday and SUSTAGEN® Ready to Drink are Formulated Supplementary Foods which can be of assistance where dietary intakes of nutrients and energy may not be adequate. SUSTAGEN® OPTIMUM™ is a Food for Special Medical Purpose, specially formulated for medical conditions where nutritional needs cannot be met through diet modification alone. Must be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. SUSTAGEN® Sport is a Formulated Supplementary Sports Food which must be consumed in conjunction with a nutritious diet, not as a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise program. Not suitable for children under 15 years of age or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. The advice given here is intended as a general guideline only and is not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. Nutritional supplements can only be of assistance where dietary intake is inadequate. Please seek advice on your individual needs from an Accredited Practicing Dietitian or your healthcare professional.