The Malnutrition Task Force have launched our ‘State of the Nation’ report which aims to shine a light on the scale and challenges of malnutrition in later life in the UK today.
We have brought together information, statistics and evidence from across the health and social care system to provide a unique snapshot of what is happening to older people who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.
We examine the causes and consequences of malnutrition in the UK. We also look at economic costs and pressures, and whether the NHS and social care services are currently able to support older people at risk and how invested they are in this issue.
Why have we launched this?
Research shows that 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. This silent and often hidden condition can seriously affect an older person’s health and wellbeing and increase hospital admissions and long-term health problems.
On top of this, awareness of malnutrition is low amongst both the public and healthcare professionals. There are perceptions that getting thinner is ‘normal’ or inevitable in later life and that malnutrition is only a problem in developing countries.
However, this isn’t the case. We hope that our report will help professionals from across the health and care spectrum understand more about malnutrition in later life and what can be done to build on good practice.