Personal Stories

Meet Athena


Athena is an 82 year old woman living with dementia. Her husband passed away last year. Recently, Athena noticed she was feeling faint at times. Her clothing felt loose, so she must have lost some weight. When she thought about her eating and drinking, she realised she was often not having anything between breakfast and dinner. Living on her own, she was not cooking as often. Athena decided to organise regular meals with her sons and a social group at her church. She also ensured she was drinking enough water throughout the day. She soon felt better and now has more energy to do the things she enjoys, like gardening and volunteering at the church.

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She follows a healthy diet

Good nutrition is important for health and quality of life. There are a number of things you can do to ensure you are having enough healthy foods and drinks every day:

  • Monitor your weight
  • Speak to your doctor or dietician about your diet
  • Set up reminders at meal times (e.g. phone call or alarm clock)
  • Arrange for meals to be delivered
  • Buy a range of healthy snacks and frozen meals that don’t require a lot of preparation or cooking
  • Keep a glass of water with you
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