Preventing malnutrition in later life

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 […]

Have you seen the Patients Association’s Nutrition Checklist?

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Kate Hall, Head of External Affairs at Nutricia, blogs on a Nutrition Checklist from the Patients Association. The Checklist helps patients see whether they need nutritional help or extra nourishment and what to do next. In late 2016, The Patients Association launched a report of findings to help with the identification and self-identification of adults […]

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 […]

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