This week (14th-18th May) is Dying Matters Week, a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. In this blog, we talk about eating and drinking at the end of life, which we know can be a source of worry and anxiety for family and friends caring for a […]
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 […]
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 […]
In our first case study for Nutrition and Hydration Week, we’re hearing from Age UK Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) about the services they run that support older adults in the community to eat well.
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.
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 […]
The Malnutrition Task Force welcomes the APPG on Hunger’s report, ‘Hidden hunger and malnutrition in the elderly,’ published today. The report highlights the growing problem of malnutrition in the UK today, calling on Government, social care providers, voluntary organisations and major supermarkets to do more to tackle the issue. It brings together evidence from a […]
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 […]
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 […]
Six tips for eating well in later life This week is Self Care Week (13-19 November 2017), a national campaign dedicated to empowering individuals to take care of themselves. Self-care is about being aware of our health and happiness and taking time to look after our physical, emotional and mental health every day. This includes […]