"In 2010 I was named Senior Australian of the Year and as one of my many engagements I was asked to speak to 1000 CEOs of aged care.
It was then that I realised just how many passionate people there are involved in this industry, all of them trying to do what they can with limited resources to bring every part of the puzzle together to impact change in aged care, but it is a very complex tapestry to manage.
It was my hope to pull all of the various specialist aspects of science, research, nutrition and management under the one umbrella to support this ever growing industry in providing wholesome, flavoursome food to everyone, regardless of age or dietary requirements.
The vision of the Maggie Beer Foundation is to educate and facilitate the food we all deserve, and I truly believe everyone deserves to enjoy good food." Maggie.
Making pizza may be a simple process for many people, but for the residents of leading NSW aged care provider, SummitCare, it is a meaningful activity that is fostering connections and enhancing their wellbeing. SummitCare created a short video at its Smithfield centre to demonstrate why the activity of gathering residents and their families together to make pizza is so popular and beneficial.
In the video, Carla Beheram, SummitCare Manager – Special Projects, said joining any of the many activities on offer was a personal choice for residents, but pizza making always attracted a group of participants, “There are many benefits with an activity like pizza making,” she said.
“Obviously, the residents get to smell and taste the food that they prepared. From a physical perspective, residents can improve their manual dexterity – they can roll the dough, they can knead the dough, placing toppings on the pizza.
From a social perspective, residents get to socialise with other residents and also we encourage as much as we can families to come and participate in the activity because that again helps the residents to connect with their community prior to coming to SummitCare.”
Stars of the film include Gwennyth Jolliff, a 94-year-old resident who is fond of ham and pineapple pizza and looking forward to cooking with her good friend Alan; and Antoinetta, the wife of a resident who came to Australia from Italy as a girl, and has fond recollections of making pizza at her childhood home, memories she was able to share during the activity.
SummitCare will continue to film more of its activities to use as a staff training tool, a snapshot for new families and for general viewing.
For more information on SummitCare visit http://www.summitcare.com.au/
Maggie was very proud to launch the new HammondCare recipe book at the International Dementia Conference last week.
"It's all about the food, not the fork" is a recipe book for older people full of food you can eat in smaller bites.
As Maggie says, "there are so many people who are working to improve food in aged care and we know that’s it’s a complex issue, especially for those with dementia and other conditions who may struggle with cutlery or feel daunted by three large meals a day. So, this book truly is all about the food not the fork!
Great easy recipes for smaller meals that can be eaten with fingers, but still packed with energy and nutrition. The recipes range from the very simple through to the slightly more challenging. The goal is to ensure that those in aged care who prefer or require finger food, over larger meals, are catered for, and that those cooking at home enjoy creating great snacks and small meals" - Maggie.
You can purchase a copy of the new cookbook on the HammondCare website.
MBF has become part of Foxtel’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy and we are lucky to call them our new media partner – with this new Customer Service Announcement being played across their channels. We think this is great news for raising further awareness of Maggie's objectives within aged care homes.
We have received a huge amount of feedback from viewers after the MBF was featured on A Current Affair. Maggie and the team at MBF can't thank you enough for your ongoing support. We are all on this journey and together we CAN make a change!