Food and Drink
What you eat, and drink, has a major effect on your health and wellbeing. We offer tips for healthy eating and staying hydrated, and information on where to get support. We also have a guide on bladder and bowel health.
Our Eat Well guide explains why what you eat matters in later life. It includes ideas and practical suggestions for maintaining a healthy diet and information about who can support you to enjoy healthy, tasty, and satisfying food - whether you cook yourself, get help with meals, or go to a local group for lunch. The guide has been developed in partnership with the Eat Well Age Well project.
Water is the single most important thing you can put in your mouth for your mental and physical health and wellbeing. In Scotland our water is world class, fresh, cool and tastes great. Our Hydration Matters guide, published in partnership with Scottish Water offers helpful tips on how to stay hydrated, and provides information on how your body uses water and key signs of hydration to look out for.
Visit our Hydration Matters page.
Bladder and Bowel Problems
People of all ages can have a problem controlling their bladder or bowel. As people get older this may become more of an issue and it can really impact their day-to-day lives. Bladder and bowel problems are not always easy to speak about; many people do not talk about what is happening to them or ask for help. They may think nothing can be done to help or find it an embarrassing topic to talk about, but a GP or nurse can do a lot to help.
Our Bladder and bowel problems guide looks at common problems, and some of the things you can do to cure, treat, or manage them so they do not interfere with your everyday life.
Order copies of our publications
You can download our guides using the links on this page. To request copies, which will be posted out to you for free, you can use our online publications order form or call the Age Scotland Helpline (0800 12 44 222 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm).
The Age Scotland Helpline
Our free 0800 12 44 222 helpline is a free, confidential phone service for older people, their carers and families in Scotland. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.