Guide to good nutrition in older age

A helpful guide to importance of nutrition and hydration in older age, with helpful tips on calorie requirements, malnutrition and hydration

Older People Store Cupboard A4 Flier

A list of key food items particularly good for an older person who may be at risk of malnutrition.

Recommendations for action by dietitians supporting care agencies working in older people’s own homes

Advice for dietitians working with care agencies that are working with older people in their own homes

Recommendations for community action by dietitians supporting care homes

Guidance on residential care provision recommends care homes minimise non-essential visiting during the national COVID-19 outbreak.

Recommendations for community action by dietitians for older and vulnerable people living in their own home

Guidance created by the BDA Older People Specialist Group on discharging medically fit older people into the community.

Nutrition and dementia

Fat facts

Fats are an important part of the diet; they provide the body with energy and with some important vitamins.

Osteoarthritis and diet

Arthritis is a condition that causes joint pain. This Food Fact Sheet is about the role diet has in managing symptoms of the most common arthritic condition, osteoarthritis (OA).

Osteoporosis and diet

There are steps that you can take to reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis like having a healthy balanced diet with plenty of calcium, vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals.

Hypertension and Diet

BDA Food Fact Sheet on Hypertension and Diet.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diet

Dietary changes can often help Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms and sometimes simple changes are all that are needed. This Food Fact Sheet explains that dietary changes that can help these symptoms.

Glycaemic Index (GI)

This Food Fact Sheet explains how there are many types of carbohydrates (carbs), but they all behave differently in your body. The Glycaemic Index (GI), is a ranking of how quickly these foods make your blood glucose levels rise after eating them.

Skin health

Healthy packed lunches

This Food Fact Sheet provides the information that you need to have a nutritious balanced packed lunch that will fill you up through to dinner time.


The simple steps outlined in this Food Fact Sheet should help to identify and treat malnutrition.


This Food Fact Sheet looks at salt in our diet, how to identify foods containing too much salt and tips to moderate salt consumption and improve your health.


A lot of vitamin, mineral and other nutritional supplements are available on the market. This Food Fact Sheet will break down who needs to take supplements, which ones to take and the risks that come along with them.`

Depression and Diet

Good nutrition is important for our mental and physical health. This Food Fact Sheet will look at how following a healthy diet can protect your mental health.


Foods that contain carbohydrates are an important part of our diets. Learn how to choose healthy sources of carbohydrates.

Wheat free diet

This fact sheet is intended as a basic guide to eating wheat free.

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