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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Talking malnutrition in Parliament

Dianne Jeffrey and Baroness Sally Greengross at the MTF Parliamentary reception

Dianne Jeffrey ( far left and speaking) and Baroness Sally Greengross (left and sitting) at the MTF Parliamentary reception. Photograph: Alex Rumford The Malnutrition Task Force recently hosted an event in Parliament. In this blog, our chair Dianne Jeffrey discusses the event and reflects back on the key issues surrounding malnutrition that were covered in […]

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 […]

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