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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Malnutrition Task Force welcomes the APPG on Hunger’s report, ‘Hidden hunger and malnutrition in the elderly,’ published today. The report highlights the growing problem of malnutrition in the UK today, calling on Government, social care providers, voluntary organisations and major supermarkets to do more to tackle the issue. It brings together evidence from a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]