Preventing malnutrition in later life

Malnutrition Task Force calls for health professionals to put their nutrition specs on when working with older people

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As a new report from the Malnutrition Task Force highlights the scale of malnutrition in later life in the UK.  Research shows that 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. The silent and often hidden condition can seriously affect an older person’s health and wellbeing and increase hospital admissions and […]

New survey from MTF and Age UK reveals over half of us do not know the dying wishes of our nearest and dearest – new book and film available to help

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A new survey from the Malnutrition Task Force (MTF) and Age UK highlights that having conversations around dying and death is still very much a taboo subject and avoided by many people.  In response, the organisations have produced a new book and film to help people explore and approach this subject. The research reveals that […]

Weight loss in later life not a normal part of ageing

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A new study from The Malnutrition Task Force has found over five million (36%) people aged 60 and over in the UK think it’s perfectly normal to lose weight as you get older.(i) Over 12 million (75%) say they have never worried about themselves or another older person unintentionally losing weight, despite it being an […]

Salford Partnership scoops national award in fight against malnutrition

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Congratulations to Salford who are celebrating after winning a national award for its continuing efforts to combat malnutrition amongst older people in the city. The Salford Malnutrition Task Force Prevention Programme site collected the 2016 excellence in public health and wellbeing award at the House of Commons in late June. The Salford site is made up of representatives […]

Interactive workshops for improving dignity and nutrition in hospitals

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Last year, the London School of Economics published research showing that older, more vulnerable patients were more likely to face a poor experience in hospital with regard to dignity and help with eating. Following this research, Age UK (a co-sponsor of the Malnutrition Task Force), LSE, and NHS England are holding workshops for health professionals. During […]

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