Preventing malnutrition in later life

The UK’s first Malnutrition Awareness Week

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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 […]

Improving nutrition and creating friendships: the benefits of the Casserole Club in Brighton

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In the third of our series of blogs on preventing malnutrition in the community, we’re looking at the Casserole Club in Brighton Casserole Club is a great way of both improving nutrition and creating friendships. Developed by FutureGov in 2012, it matches volunteers who like to cook to ‘diners’ in their area who would benefit […]

Training staff to screen for malnutrition in the community

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In our second spotlight on services in the community to prevent malnutrition, we’re looking at the Wessex Academic Health Science Network’s (AHSN) Nutrition in Older Adults Programme. We know that if we’re going to effectively treat malnutrition, we need to first be able to identify those at risk in hospitals and in the community. Screening tools, such […]

Tackling malnutrition in our communities

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

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