Written by Eat Well Age Well Project Dietitian, Jen Grant
As Project Dietitian within Eat Well Age Well I am one of the few registered Dietitians working in the third sector in Scotland. After a varied career within the NHS, I made the move to Eat Well Age Well in 2019. I wanted to experience a new way of working and contribute more to the prevention of malnutrition in the community as I had seen first-hand the consequences of malnutrition going undetected and untreated.
We are delighted to announce funding from the Scottish Government to continue our important work on tackling malnutrition among older people, supporting many older people to eat well, age well and live well in later life.
At the height of the pandemic in 2020, we opened the Small Ideas Big Impact COVID-19 Emergency Fund for individuals and organisations who had previously applied to our Small Ideas Big Impact Fund. Our report is now available and highlights the impact of work completed throughout May – September 2020 and is based on 10 the projects which received emergency funding.
We all know the importance of eating a nutritious, balanced diet for keeping our bodies in good health. Just like our other organs, our brains also need a variety of nutrients to keep our brains working and protect our mental health.
Written by Tilly Robinson-Miles, Impact & Policy Officer for Eat Well Age Well
This election is a huge milestone, personally it will be my first time voting in a Scottish National election, but as a society navigating recovery from a pandemic, it will shape priorities that will affect all our lives for generations to come.
We have published a brand new report detailing our findings on screening for malnutrition within the community. Over 2 years we have been collecting data from older people across Scotland aged 65+, and our data has shown that we can estimate up to 30% of older people living in the community are at risk or increased risk of malnourishment.
Men, I think it’s fair to say, have a certain reputation when it comes to engaging with third sector services (amongst other things) i.e. they’re just not very good at it or not very interested. ‘That’s no for me’ or ‘Och Jim, he just wants to sit and watch telly’.