An article in today's Irishtimes.com highlighted, as part of the National Positive Ageing Strategy, concern for over two-thirds of 50-65's surveyed as having low literacy and numeracy levels, and one-third showing signs of mild cognitive impairment. An initiative supported by the Department of Health, HSE and Atlantic Philanthropies, "A Healthy Ireland", aims to provide an Ireland where 'everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where their wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.
As educators, Home Economics teachers can play a role in all levels of education to advise, advocate and assist in modifying attitudes and practices with regards to food, nutrition and sustainable living choices.
Having spent your hard-earned money on your personal, casual, or work related clothes, it is important to know how to properly care for them after wearing.
The key to caring for your clothes is to understand the Fabric Care Labelling system universally used on all clothing. The information is usually found on a label either
on the inside seam of the garment or at collar level
Seven years ago it was the turn of "UMAMI" to join the regular four of Sweet, Sour, Salt & Bitter; today, a Telegraph.co.uk article highlights the testing of this new sixth taste sensation. Depending on where we live in the world, our "starchy" taste experience may differ, i.e. potatoes, rice or pasta. No longer is the taste just associated with the breakdown of starchy foods in the mouth (amylase working on starch to eventually produce simple sugars, i.e. glucose, fructose, galactose) - it does provide its own distinct taste experience. Welcome "STARCHY"!!
If you are asked about your 'quality of life', it raises a number of issues/ questions in your mind (see image above). This will significantly depend on your day-to-day experiences of living/ surviving in a specific village, town, or country.