Preventing malnutrition in later life

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 […]

Reflecting on food standards in hospitals

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In 2013, Dianne Jeffrey took up chairmanship of the Hospital Food Standards Panel, which in August 2014 published a selection of standards to improve hospital food. In this piece, Dianne, who is also chair of the Malnutrition Task Force, reflects on the progress made on hospital food standards since the Panel’s publication and looks to see what more needs to […]

Salford Partnership scoops national award in fight against malnutrition

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Congratulations to Salford who are celebrating after winning a national award for its continuing efforts to combat malnutrition amongst older people in the city. The Salford Malnutrition Task Force Prevention Programme site collected the 2016 excellence in public health and wellbeing award at the House of Commons in late June. The Salford site is made up of representatives […]

Boosting appetite for someone with dementia or a frail appetite

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Has your loved one gone off meals? Perhaps they’ve lost confidence in the kitchen? As part of Carers Week, Seniors Helping Seniors provide some great suggestions on how to rekindle their interest. Seniors Helping Seniors are an at-home care service providing support for older people in areas like meal preparation, shopping, transportation and house maintenance in east Kent.  The […]

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