Preventing malnutrition in later life

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 […]

How GP Practice Pharmacists can integrate nutrition into the care of older people

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This blog has been contributed by Hannah Harding, Partnership and Strategy Manager at Nutricia. Hannah recently attended i2i “Frailty in Older People” workshops aimed at GP Practice Pharmacists. She noticed real vigour and enthusiasm from the GP Pharmacists on integrating nutrition into the management of frail older people.   What is the i2i Network? The […]

Boosting nutrition in Brighton

Eating well to stay healthy as you age

Every so often we spot a great initiative on the ground to tackle undernutrition. The latest we’ve spotted comes from Brighton, where Age UK Brighton and Hove and the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership have partnered to produce a handy booklet. ‘Eating well to stay healthy as you age’ aims to prevent and tackle malnutrition and is […]

Have you seen the Patients Association’s Nutrition Checklist?

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Kate Hall, Head of External Affairs at Nutricia, blogs on a Nutrition Checklist from the Patients Association. The Checklist helps patients see whether they need nutritional help or extra nourishment and what to do next. In late 2016, The Patients Association launched a report of findings to help with the identification and self-identification of adults […]

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