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 […]

Tackling malnutrition in our communities

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

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 […]

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