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Shocking stats behind nutrition issues in the elderly

Elderly person with drink

Published at 11:24am 11th March 2019. (Updated at 2:26pm 12th March 2019)

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Home Instead Senior Care visited All Saints Church in Ripley to promote their 'Stay Nourished Campaign' as shocking statistics have highlighted nutrition problems for over 75's.

  • Home Instead launched their Stay Nourished Campaign towards the end of 2018 to combat nutrition issues in the elderly
  • The senior care company found that half of over 75's say they eat smaller meals now they're older and 12% have lost weight as a result
  • Almost 1 in 5 (19%) go three months or longer without eating a meal with someone else

Home Instead regularly attend the TLC lunch at All Saints Church in Ripley, organised by the Friends of Ripley group, as they continue to promote nutrition for the elderly.

The lunch ensures the over 50's that attend are provided with three courses, drinks and are able to enjoy their meal with company.

The senior care company, who cover Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk, decided to act after they found that social isolation was a growing concern in over 75's.

Ripley TLC Lunch Dec 2018
The TLC lunch at All Saints Church in Ripley encourages the elderly to eat a well-balanced meal as well as combating social isolation

Stay Nourished Campaign

Last year Home Instead Senior Care launched their Stay Nourished Campaign to raise national awareness for nutrition in the elderly.

Around 1 in 10 older people in the UK are thought to be malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, prompting the campaign that will give families advice on nutrition and encourage continued enjoyment of food.

Designed in consultation with specialists at Bournemouth University’s Ageing and Dementia Research Centre, the campaign will help families and CAREGivers understand the importance of nutrition and how to spot signs of malnutrition.

Ben Groom from Stray FM's Health & Wellbeing Show went along to All Saints Church to speak to Lisa Stirk and some of those that regularly attend the TLC lunch:

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