There are times in life when we all have a poor appetite, perhaps after a bereavement or when we’ve been ill; but an older person who isn’t eating enough can become undernourished in as little as 2-3 days. Would you be able to spot the signs? If not, read our article ‘Mum’s Looking Thinner‘. Starting […]
Losing weight isn’t a normal part of getting older Public health messages focused on reducing obesity can make weight loss seem desirable, but as someone gets older it’s easy for weight to drop off without noticing, and it can have serious health consequences. Older people who are underweight are at increased risk of ill health, […]
The pioneering Community Dietician Team in Salford was centre stage this week, as BBC One’s ‘Food or Scare’ television show presented a feature on building people up with cake, featuring their workers and material from The Malnutrition Task Force website. Salford was one of the five pilot sites for the MTF Prevention Programme. Funded by […]
The MTF Podcast launches today, where we’ll be sharing news, views, updates and good practice in nutrition and hydration and older people’s care. Listen and download to the whole series on iTunes or Soundcloud. Episode 1: What can public health do to tackle malnutrition? In our first episode, which launches at the start of Public Health England’s […]
This guest blog is from Eat Well Age Well, a new national project tackling malnutrition in local communities in Scotland. They’re on the lookout for innovative ideas and approaches as part of their Small Ideas, Big Impact fund. ‘I try to have variety with my meals but I am unable to cook for myself anymore due to […]
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 […]
Dying Matters Week is 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 loved one. We all seem […]
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 […]