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to think an elderly man should only eat tiny meals?

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Cailinsalach Thu 24-Jan-13 21:10:14

My eats like a horse. Today he had 2 weetabix a boiled egg, tea and toast for breakfast. Tea and homemade soda bread for elevenses, 2 big bowls of homemade soup, fried chicken, mash and buttered swede and then a bowl of ovenbaked rice pudding for lunch. An apple and half a bag of liquorice allsorts for afternoon snack, a bacon butty, fruit cake and carrot cake and a pint of tea for his tea. He has just mullered the other half bag of liquorice all sorts and is talking about a mug of cocoa as it's near his bedtime.

AIBU to think at 90 the norm for his ilk is Complan and Werthers?

He pulls the half starved orphan routine (complete with quivering lip) if I suggest cutting back on the baking...He then tells me he is doing me a favour eating all the cakes, pies and buns as it would be a mortal sin to allow them to go stale.

Maybe he has worms?

crocodilesmiles Mon 28-Jan-13 16:19:51


I watched a programme about community nurses, at the weekend. There was a lady on it who was 102! She said she believed that she'd reached such an old age because she had a good appetite...He must be doing something right to get to his age!

idococktailshedoesbeer Sat 26-Jan-13 16:40:22

I love your dad!

CaptChaos Sat 26-Jan-13 13:33:06

OP, your Da sounds like a fella after my own heart. He sounds like my darling Grampy was before he sadly died. All that lovely food has kept that twinkle in his eye!

Should I ever get to 90, I shall eat a similar diet in his honour.

Bluebelleswood Sat 26-Jan-13 13:16:39

Cailinsalach, my Df can't wait to read the obituaries in the local paper. He considers it a great achievement if he has out lived long lost acquaintances and old school pals.

specialsubject Sat 26-Jan-13 12:19:01

apart from too many sweets, doesn't sound too much food to me. I don't think he's the one with the problem, is he?

GothAnneGeddes Sat 26-Jan-13 12:16:52

O.P your dad sounds sounds brilliant and hearing about him and the other robust OAP's has really put a smile on my face smile

MammaTJ Sat 26-Jan-13 12:01:42

I work in a home for the elderly. Basically the days are spent giving them food and drink constantly and dealing with the, erm, effects of having given them food and drink.

mrsjay Sat 26-Jan-13 11:52:24

there was a woman on BBC breakfast today she was 98 and still working in the same pub she had for 50 odd years she cut her days down from 6 till 3 and all the customers loved her she could still pull a pint and at the end they showed her dd her Gd her gggd and her GGGGD it was was lovely and i may have shed a tear, I wish i could do links i would have show you all ,

clicketyclick66 Sat 26-Jan-13 11:52:12

Awwww, Cailínsalach - I'd love to have your Dad as a neighbour. Sounds like he is a social butterfly, very active and a much loved guy.

OP, why are you a dirty girl??????


mrsjay Sat 26-Jan-13 11:48:57

my old neighbour had a fall when she was 95 and had to go into a care home

up until then she was going to the bingo meeting her friends at the club entertaining her 2 GENTLEMEN FRIENDS on 2 different nights one a wednesday the other a sunday, and generally being an embarrassment to her 65 yr old daughter

she was a true legend grin

mrsjay Sat 26-Jan-13 11:46:15

If he he can't stuff himself with grub at 90 when can he bless him you must be a fab cook smile

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Sat 26-Jan-13 11:42:28

He sounds brilliant! What a legend! I wish my nanna, age 90, had his joie d'vivre! She makes a big deal out of not eating enough or drinking enough despite still being very mobile and fit, but she's got it into her head that she is old and must be frail, even though she isn't!

If I get to that age I shall smoke, drink and be generally raucous!

Mockingcurl Sat 26-Jan-13 11:42:22

When I'm 90 I'm going to live entirely in chocolate. Loads of it. I might even start at 60. YABU.

AmberLeaf Sat 26-Jan-13 11:42:05

Ah he sounds lovely!

Its heartbreaking to see an old person lose their appetite, so Id keep feeding him.

At that age he deserves to have what he enjoys.

pjmama Sat 26-Jan-13 11:33:43

Ha ha brilliant Thingiebob! Your mum is ace.

Madlizzy Sat 26-Jan-13 11:31:54

Hell, at his age, I'll be back on the fags, mainlining vodka and eating any shit I fancy. Good man. grin

Thingiebob Sat 26-Jan-13 11:15:30

My mum has stopped eating vegetables. Her excuse is 'I've had 60 odd years of eating the fucking things, I've had enough'.

Morloth Sat 26-Jan-13 11:06:12

Imagine, just having a ciggie, a double espresso and a chunk of chocolate for breakfast, safe in the knowledge that it is not going to make any bloody difference. Bliss.

Roll on old age. Though I don't intend to get very old.wink

Foggles Fri 25-Jan-13 21:40:34

It sounds like he has a good old fashioned appetite.

The type you were allowed to have before the food police arrived and spoilt our fun. grin

Dahlialover Fri 25-Jan-13 21:36:55

I had a 98 year old friend. The first thing I noticed about him (we were out for lunch with a group) was his healthy appetite. He was an absolute gentleman, used to sing for the mothers union, and was president of the local brass band. He was a great charmer and got TWO kisses out of me last time I saw him. Sadly, his diminishing appetite went along with a few other problems he started having and he died after a fall. He was such fun whilst he was here smile

Gunznroses Fri 25-Jan-13 21:18:36

Cor OP! Bet your dad 'scores' with all the ladies in your parish and at the xmas party grin

Cailinsalach Fri 25-Jan-13 20:34:08

Well it seems the Da is a hit on here with all the bakers. I told him I grassed him up to Mumsnet and he has offered to deal with all the surplus buns you can throw at him I presume he meant that figuratively.
The shopping bill is significant. I am resigned to an inheritance of a few cake crumbs . He had another epicurean day of delight and requested that I make a bread and butter pudding for him tomorrow and a treacle cake. As its Saturday tomorrow, he likes a big fry for tea. His ambition for this year is to win the Oldest Man In The Parish at the OAP Christmas Party. He reckons the guy who won it this year hasn't another year in him. He is a competitive geriatric.
I loved all the stories about these hungry OAPs.

boredSAHMof4 Fri 25-Jan-13 19:57:12

There's a 92 yo man in our running club who trains 3 times a week and often does a 10k race on the weekends too.I should imagine he needs to eat plenty.

Gunznroses Fri 25-Jan-13 19:35:35

Way to go dad! He sounds awesome!

OP, watch and Learn, Watch and Learn.

scottishmummy Fri 25-Jan-13 19:34:56

get dad an iPad he be a right laugh bet he'd get all goin with his stories

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