Preventing malnutrition in later life

“Mum’s Looking Thinner”

A woman and her adult daughter choosing vegetables in a supermarket

Losing weight isn’t a normal part of getting older Public health messages focused on reducing obesity can make weight loss seem desirable, but as someone gets older it’s easy for weight to drop off without noticing, and it can have serious health consequences. Older people who are underweight are at increased risk of ill health, […]

‘Cake Prescriptions’ on BBC

The pioneering Community Dietician Team in Salford was centre stage this week, as BBC One’s ‘Food or Scare’ television show presented a feature on building people up with cake, featuring their workers and material from The Malnutrition Task Force website. Salford was one of the five pilot sites for the MTF Prevention Programme. Funded by […]

The UK’s first Malnutrition Awareness Week

The Malnutrition Task Force is delighted to announce the first ever UK Malnutrition Awareness Week which will take place 1st – 5th October 2018. We are delighted to be joining forces with BAPEN on this joint project which will launch on the International Day of Older Persons on Monday 1st October. There is a significant […]

Improving nutrition and creating friendships: the benefits of the Casserole Club in Brighton

In the third of our series of blogs on preventing malnutrition in the community, we’re looking at the Casserole Club in Brighton Casserole Club is a great way of both improving nutrition and creating friendships. Developed by FutureGov in 2012, it matches volunteers who like to cook to ‘diners’ in their area who would benefit […]

Training staff to screen for malnutrition in the community

In our second spotlight on services in the community to prevent malnutrition, we’re looking at the Wessex Academic Health Science Network’s (AHSN) Nutrition in Older Adults Programme. We know that if we’re going to effectively treat malnutrition, we need to first be able to identify those at risk in hospitals and in the community. Screening tools, such […]

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