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

Cover of our booklet 'Let's Talk About Death and Dying'

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 […]

How GP Practice Pharmacists can integrate nutrition into the care of older people

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This blog has been contributed by Hannah Harding, Partnership and Strategy Manager at Nutricia. Hannah recently attended i2i “Frailty in Older People” workshops aimed at GP Practice Pharmacists. She noticed real vigour and enthusiasm from the GP Pharmacists on integrating nutrition into the management of frail older people.   What is the i2i Network? The […]

Boosting nutrition in Brighton

Eating well to stay healthy as you age

Every so often we spot a great initiative on the ground to tackle undernutrition. The latest we’ve spotted comes from Brighton, where Age UK Brighton and Hove and the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership have partnered to produce a handy booklet. ‘Eating well to stay healthy as you age’ aims to prevent and tackle malnutrition and is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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