Tackling Malnutrition in Older people Living at Home in Scotland


About UK Malnutrition Awareness Week

In 2018 BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force launched the first 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.

In 2019 our campaign focused on Start the Conversation and encouraged us all to talk more with the older people in our lives about food, appetite, and cooking, as well as the barriers to eating and drinking well in later life.


MAW 2019 Highlights




We released early findings from our ongoing research study in partnership with the University of Glasgow which has highlighted that food insecurity is putting older people in Scotland at risk of becoming underweight and malnourished.


We also hosted a celebratory lunch club event to thank the older people who had taken part in the survey.




We engaged with lunch clubs across Scotland to host a special themed event using our Campaign Packs which provided lots of great resources to help raise awareness of good nutrition and hydration in later life.


We also asked our followers to write and post their pledge on social media during UK Malnutrition Awareness Week to share how they will help start the conversation on supporting older people to eat well and age well.

Watch this space for more details about what we're planning for our 2020 campaign!

If you'd like more information or would like get involved in UK Malnutrition Awareness Week then please contact us.