Under-nutrition in older people has many faces. With implications of the pandemic and recent lockdown, we can observe shielding and isolation becoming the main challenge in the 65+ population as numbers shows that 93% of those at risk of malnutrition live in the community.
Our Impact & Policy Officer Tilly Robinson-Miles shares some key policy in practice work throughout July 2020, including being a panellist at a roundtable discussion with Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Written for the Health & Social Care Alliance, Project Manager Laura Cairns gives an outline of the Eat Well Age Well project and discusses the challenge that malnutrition poses to public health in Scotland.
During the Covid-19 outbreak it is important to ensure that we are still eating and drinking well. Older adults remain disproportionately affected by malnutrition in Scotland with approximately 103, 000 older adults in Scotland suspected to be at risk of malnutrition.
Food access, social isolation and loneliness are significant risk factors for malnutrition in older people and older people are currently facing unprecedented issues surrounding these risk factors due to the recommendations around shielding and social distancing as well as the temporary closure or limitations of many services older people rely on to access shopping, meals and social activities.