Preventing malnutrition in later life

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

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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

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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 […]

Tackling malnutrition in our communities

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This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, an excellent campaign which celebrates food and drink as a way of maintaining health and wellbeing. As part of the Week, the Malnutrition Task Force will be looking at malnutrition among older people in the community and highlighting wonderful examples of initiatives that can help tackle this.   

Our take on new figures showing a rise in older people dying in hospital with malnutrition listed as a factor

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New figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that the number of people dying in hospital with malnutrition as an underlying cause or as a contributory factor is rising. Malnutrition was listed on 351 death certificates in England and Wales in 2016. It was the underlying cause of 66 deaths, up from 59 in […]

Why dental care is so important in preventing malnutrition

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Tooth loss and wearing dentures put older people at a greater risk of malnutrition, a new study has shown. We often talk about how important mouth care is in preventing malnutrition in older people. It makes perfect sense: if your teeth are loose, you’re in pain or your dentures don’t fit properly then eating can […]

How GP Practice Pharmacists can integrate nutrition into the care of older people

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This blog has been contributed by Hannah Harding, Partnership and Strategy Manager at Nutricia. Hannah recently attended i2i “Frailty in Older People” workshops aimed at GP Practice Pharmacists. She noticed real vigour and enthusiasm from the GP Pharmacists on integrating nutrition into the management of frail older people.   What is the i2i Network? The […]

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