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Caring for our elderly: at risk of malnutrition

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jul 9, 01:33 PM in . Comments [3].

Some time ago, a friend asked me to post a blog about ways to support elderly or infirm relatives who had lost their appetite, had been ill or were losing weight for no obvious reason. At the time, I noted it on my “blogs to do” list but put it aside.

Recently, I have been doing a bit of work for my local NHS trust. This has included working with elderly people in the local community who are at risk of being malnourished. It’s the same kind of work I did when I first came to the UK in 1999, home visits for the “at risk” elderly offering nutritional support to reduce risk of malnutrition. Sadly, since that initial post in 1999, the numbers seem to have increased enormously. This has also been highlighted by the recent BBC television programme, “when I get older”, in which older celebrities spend some time with elderly people in their own homes in an effort to reveal the difficulties and issues surrounding their everyday lives. One of these issues includes malnutrition. It is estimated that there are around 1 million elderly people in the UK who are at risk of malnutrition. It seems this is a blog and an issue that can’t just be “put aside”

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