About UK Malnutrition Awareness Week
In 2018 BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force launched the first ever UK Malnutrition Awareness Week ©. This campaign has been set up to help raise the profile of malnutrition and encourage everyone to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms and highlight the importance of screening those at risk.
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.
UK Malnutrition Awareness Week © takes place from Mon 14th to Sun 20th October 2019 and our theme this year is:
Sometimes the best way to help identify if an older person is at risk of malnutrition is to simply start a conversation about food, cooking, and appetite. Food is the universal thing we all have in common and can stir happy and passionate conversations about what we do and don't like to eat, what we enjoy cooking or meals we have enjoyed that others have cooked for us.
As we age, our feelings and attitude to food can change, with new barriers and challenges arising that can prevent us eating and enjoying food as we used to.
These conversations are key to discovering issues that an older person is facing and are perhaps worried about. It also allows us as members of the community to help identify potential problems that an older person has not recognised and encourage them to seek support.