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Healthy eating guide aims to keep older people fighting fit

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A new healthy eating guide for older people living independently has been produced by COPE Galway Community Catering, in partnership with Galway University Hospitals.

The purpose of the booklet is to raise awareness about the risks of malnutrition in older people, offer useful tips and recipes for healthy eating, and provide information about the benefits and availability of Meals on Wheels in Galway.

The booklet follows on from a pilot at GUH where older people admitted to hospital were identified if in need of nutritional support and were referred for Meals on Wheels on discharge.

COPE Galway supports healthy independent living at home. Their Community Catering Meals on Wheels service produces and delivers nutritious meals enabling older people to live independently in their own homes.

Speaking at the launch of ‘Good Food and Healthy Eating for older people living independently’, Geraldine Ryan, COPE Galway Community Catering Executive Chef said: “The booklet offers top tips on how to eat well, healthy snack ideas, and handy foods to have in your cupboard in case you can’t get to the shops, information on Meals on Wheels, along with lots more!  It will be of interest to older people, their families and carers.”

The healthy eating booklet explains that malnutrition occurs when you are not eating enough of the right foods to meet what your body needs to stay well. Some common signs of malnutrition are feeling tired, getting frequent illnesses and infections, finding it hard to keep warm, being low on energy to do normal daily activities, losing your appetite, and finding it hard to concentrate.

Edel Mannion, Clinical Nurse Specialist in frail elderly in GUH said at the launch: “Healthy eating for older adults was identified as critical to overall health and wellbeing and quality of life.”

The acute healthcare facility at GUH provides an opportunity to attain and sustain healthful eating habits. In particular, for patients with chronic diet-related diseases, learning to eat well can improve well-being and enhance quality of life.

However, in Ireland, 11% of patients admitted to hospital were found to be malnourished and between 63% and 84% were found to be at nutritional risk.  Under-nutrition and acute rapid weight loss of as little as 2-3kg (5%) in combination with disease:
■ increases the risk of complications
■ lowers resistance to infection
■ impairs physical and mental functioning
■ delays recovery
■ may be life-threatening

The booklet is being distributed widely to health care professionals such as public health nurses and GPs, and community groups who will also be able to make it available to those who need it. Anyone interested in a copy can contact COPE Galway Community Catering at 091 700800.

COPE Galway thanked all who were involved in the project, especially the nursing practice development department at GUH and Mary Frances O’Reilly DON (Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development Unit), who sponsored the production of the booklet.

The booklet is also available to download from the Saolta website www.saolta.ie

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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