Age UK statement on malnutrition
Published on 28 March 2013 03:30 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General at Age UK, said:
'It is estimated that 1.3 million people aged over 65 suffer from malnutrition, which most of the time is preventable.
'Malnutrition in many older people, both in the community and in hospitals, is often left undetected.
'Health professionals and those in social care need to get better at spotting the signs and then making sure that a suitable care plan is put in place to ensure those at risk of malnutrition do not slip through the gaps between services and get consistent treatment and support.
'It is also important that older people, along with their friends, family and health care professionals challenge assumptions around malnutrition and don't ignore the problem.
'For example, people shouldn't assume that losing weight is automatically part of ageing. Equally, if people are struggling to cook meals or start to lose their appetite they should consider whether they need extra support or potentially medical advice.'
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