Tackling malnutrition in older people living at home in Scotland

UK Malnutrition Awareness Week

In 2018 BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force launched UK Malnutrition Awareness Week ©. This annual campaign has been set up to help raise the profile of malnutrition, encourage everyone to be able to recognise the signs & symptoms and highlight the importance of screening those at risk.

This year UK Malnutrition Awareness Week © takes place from 11th – 17th October 2021.

At Eat Well Age Well, our focus is on Scotland and how we can all play our part in supporting older adults in our communities to eat well, age well and live well.

Join our #LetsBuildThePicture Campaign

Did you know there is currently no routine screening for malnutrition in community settings?

1 in 10 older people in Scotland today are at risk of or living with malnutrition (as under-nutrition). However, from our own prevalence data, we think this may be an underestimate, with as many 30% of older people living in the community at risk.

With your help, we can detect and prevent malnutrition and build the true picture of the issue in Scotland.

Having more conversations with older adults about eating and drinking well, using simple screening tools and sending this data back to Eat Well Age Well will make a positive difference to older people lives.

Together, let’s build the true picture of malnutrition in Scotland - #LetsBuildThePicture


  1. Order a Malnutrition Toolkit

    Our Raising the Issue of Malnutrition Toolkit supports you with clear guidance and practical tools on starting the conversation about eating & drinking well with older adults. It also provides simple screening tools to identify if someone is at risk of becoming under-nourished.

    Order Here

    Our Care at Home: Malnutrition Screening Pack has been designed specifically for carers and care organisations to help detect and prevent malnutrition.

    Order Here

  2. Start Screening

    Screening for malnutrition may sound like a daunting task but is in fact a rather simple process and an effective way to identify if an older person is at risk. We recommend using the following tools which are included in our malnutrition toolkits.

    Watch our videos below on how to use the tools

    You can also download our poster to help encourage others to screen for malnutrition.

  3. Send Screening Data

    Your screening data is incredibly important in helping to build a true picture of the problem of malnutrition in Scotland.

    We are interested in ALL your screening data including individuals who ARE at risk and who ARE NOT at risk.

    Please record information on:
    a) how many people you have raised awareness of malnutrition with?
    b) how many people you have identified at risk?
    c) how many people you have identified not at risk?
    d) What action did you take?

    How to send Eat Well Age Well your screening data:

  4. Show Support on Social Media

    Let’s encourage more and better screening! You can use the template post below and social media graphics.
    Post during UK Malnutrition Awareness Week (11th – 17th Oct) or schedule it in advance:

    Together we can detect & prevent malnutrition in older adults.
    I’m supporting the @EatWellScot campaign to build the true picture of #malnutrition in Scotland during UK Malnutrition Awareness Week.
    Start screening here: www.eatwellagewell.org.uk/aboutmaw
    #LetsBuildThePicture #UKMAW2021

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    If you would like more information on getting involved then please Contact Us.