Preventing malnutrition in later life

The importance of keeping to a healthy weight in later life

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Dianne Jeffrey, chair of the Malnutrition Task Force, talks about how vital it is to keep to a healthy weight in later life and why getting thinner is not ‘natural’ in later life.  This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, a brilliant campaign which raises awareness and celebrates food and drink as a way of maintaining health […]

How food standards are improving in hospitals

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Dianne Jeffrey, chair of the Malnutrition Task Force and the Department of Health’s Hospital Food Standards Panel, writes about improving food standards in our hospitals. Going into hospital can be a very worrying time. There’s no excuse in having that experience compounded by poor quality food or by having no control over what you can […]

Reflecting on food standards in hospitals

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In 2013, Dianne Jeffrey took up chairmanship of the Hospital Food Standards Panel, which in August 2014 published a selection of standards to improve hospital food. In this piece, Dianne, who is also chair of the Malnutrition Task Force, reflects on the progress made on hospital food standards since the Panel’s publication and looks to see what more needs to […]

Boosting appetite for someone with dementia or a frail appetite

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Has your loved one gone off meals? Perhaps they’ve lost confidence in the kitchen? As part of Carers Week, Seniors Helping Seniors provide some great suggestions on how to rekindle their interest. Seniors Helping Seniors are an at-home care service providing support for older people in areas like meal preparation, shopping, transportation and house maintenance in east Kent.  The […]

Understanding good nutritional and hydrational care for people with dementia

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This week is Dementia Awareness Week, designed to raise awareness of the condition and get people talking. In this blog, Dr Jane Murphy, Associate Professor at Bournemouth University and registered nutritionist and dietitian, talks about important new tools she and her colleagues have developed to help care staff provide excellent nutritional and hydrational care to those […]

Talking malnutrition in Parliament

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Dianne Jeffrey ( far left and speaking) and Baroness Sally Greengross (left and sitting) at the MTF Parliamentary reception. Photograph: Alex Rumford The Malnutrition Task Force recently hosted an event in Parliament. In this blog, our chair Dianne Jeffrey discusses the event and reflects back on the key issues surrounding malnutrition that were covered in […]

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