The Octogenarian Cooks
Come and join us at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival in Albert Square on Wednesday 4th October 3pm-5pm.
This interactive cooking demonstration and taster session will bring together organisations involved in tackling food poverty, reducing food waste and older people sharing their recipes
and cooking skills. Research has highlighted how some lower income older households are facing a ‘heating or eating’ dilemma of having to choose between spending money on food or heating their homes during the winter months.
Whilst many older people (aged 50 years and older) in the UK have been less affected by the recent recession than other age groups poverty can persist in old age. 1.6 million UK pensioners live below the poverty line. Older people often have
a reduced appetite, lower energy use, lower biological and physiological functions and can have reduced senses of smell and taste. Under-nutrition can lead to poorer health outcomes,
falls and fractures, delays in recovery from illness as well as longer periods in hospital.
Food is more than just nutrition; it is an important part of people’s identities and family life. But nearly 4 million older people live alone! You are invited to come along to try cooking some of the
recipes and taste the food cooked. The event will include older people demonstrating their favourite recipes including those they remember from childhood, which they still cook now.
The project brings together researchers and dieticians from the University of Manchester, Cracking Good Food, Fareshare Greater Manchester, the chef Maz Linford and older people
from across Manchester.
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Manchester Food and Drink Festival