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Improving Nutrition and Hydration in Greater Manchester

Welcome to the Paperweight Armband information sheet to help you identify people who may not be eating or drinking enough to keep them healthy.

The advice is intended to help you know what you can do in your own home to increase your food and drink intake.

Should I seek medical help?

We know that people want to take control of their lives and the advice below is intended to help. It is also important to know when to seek medical help. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you should visit your GP or dentist.

  • Have you noticed sudden weight loss?
  • Do you have difficulties swallowing food or drinks?
  • Do you get pain in your tummy when you eat?
  • Has there been a recent persistent change in moving your bowels to looser stools and/or increased frequency?
  • Do you have a sore mouth?

Why should I change my eating and drinking habits?

You may be surprised that as we get older, we may find ourselves losing weight without meaning to – and end up underweight as a result – and it’s not always easy to tell when this might be a problem.

It’s a mistaken belief that a smaller appetite and losing weight is a normal part of ageing but this is not the case and it is always important to maintain a healthy weight.

By making changes you should not only gain weight but should also benefit from better health, better mood and increased energy. People who are a healthy weight also benefit from fewer GP visits, fewer hospital admissions, faster recovery time, and have fewer other health complications. This is important to maintaining

What can I do?

Check your eating habits using our handy green booklet called How to improve your food and drink intake if you have a poor appetite.’ This gives you some simple steps to help add calories to your meals and make meal preparation easier.

It has also got some ‘Top Tips to help stimulate your appetite’ and explains that by adding just a few small snacks each day can soon make a difference.

Your local area where you live will also offer support to help you eat and stay well, keep in touch and feel positive and safe.

You can search online for organisations near you that offer:

  • Lunch clubs
  • Support following life-changing events such as a bereavement, a fall or ill-health
  • Shopping support
  • Food banks
  • To have your meals provided look on the following websites:

It is our recommendation, if you have followed the advice and have seen no change in your weight and/or BMI after 12 weeks, you should seek further advice from your GP. Please see urgent advice, if you experience sudden weight loss.

If you are unsure contact your local Age UK – contact details can be found below:

Keep track on your weight and BMI (Body Mass Index)

BMI Self - Screening Tool