Happy Eating Project

The Happy Eating Project was specifically created to improve the lives of older people from Italian, Greek and Macedonian speaking backgrounds who receive care services from Benetas. These clients have moderate dementia and live at home with their families.

Happy Eating Project

A major aim of the Happy Eating project is to reduce any stigma associated with dementia by demonstrating respect for the person while also providing helpful information for carers.

Using a familiar activity such as meal preparation and eating together as a starting point, we can share useful strategies for families living with dementia to make the overall caring experience less stressful. This ultimately improves the overall quality of life of everyone involved – the person with dementia and their loved ones.

The Happy Eating Project has addressed a clearly identified need for relevant and culturally-appropriate information about dementia in Victorian communities. Its implications are far reaching beyond the scope of “mealtimes” and the families and individuals that piloted the program.

Click here to view the strategies for English speaking families.

Click here to view the strategies for Italian speaking families.

Click here to view the strategies for Macedonian speaking families

Click here to view the strategies for Greek speaking families.

This program has the capacity to positively impact the lives of families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds across Australia who have a family member living with dementia.

The program was funded by Department of Health and Ageing through a Dementia Support Grant.