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

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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 […]

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 […]

Food for thought on Older People’s Day

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On Older People’s Day, our chair, Dianne Jeffrey, looks at the Malnutrition Task Force’s work and recent issues around nutrition in older people. Today is Older People’s Day, a celebration here and abroad of the achievements of older people and their contribution to society as well an opportunity to challenge the negative attitudes, poor treatment and […]

Malnutrition is everyone’s business, so why don’t you share your story with us?

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We’re delighted to welcome you to the new Malnutrition Task Force Blog. With over a million older people at some degree of risk of malnutrition, it is an issue as a society we can’t and mustn’t ignore. Many factors contribute to malnutrition including decreased appetite, difficulties with shopping and cooking, a tight budget, illness, feeling lonely […]

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