Tackling Malnutrition in Older people Living at Home in Scotland

Glasgow University Study

We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Glasgow University for a research study to explore the prevalence of malnutrition in older adults. We know that as adults grow older, their experience of eating and relationship towards food and drinking can change. Therefore, we are interested in learning more about how older adults maintain their own health and well-being in the context of eating regularly and healthily.

The research study will focus on older adults aged 65+ across three sample groups:

  • Older adults living independently at home receiving weekly service from the Food Train.
  • Older adults living independently at home who do not receive a weekly service from the Food Train.
  • Older adults living in sheltered accommodation with access to food preparation services.

We are currently recruiting participants aged 65+ who would like to be involved in this research. For more info please contact:
Krisi Huie
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The research study will have five baseline measures:

  • Prevalence of malnutrition using MUST score and the Patients Association Checklist.
  • Food insecurity
  • Measures of well-being
  • Loneliness
  • Social connectedness

There will also be a subsample group who will be asked to participate in an in-depth qualitative interview covering areas such as whether the older person eats alone or with people, changes around food that they have experienced, their memories around food and what function food has for them now.

View the Research Summary Info-graphic here.

Read the Executive Summary here.