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Project Update, October 2018
We have issued a project update for Eat Well Age Well to give a snapshot of all our current activities, which includes the progress of our Tests of Change projects, and developments of a research study with Glasgow University.
Our Project Update for Oct 2018 can be viewed or downloaded here.
17th October 2018
5th October 2018, Day Five Malnutrition Awareness Week: Keeping Social
Older people in the community are vulnerable to being lonely and this can have a serious impact on health and well-being. Feelings of loneliness and being socially isolated affect our mood and appetite, which is another risk factor for malnutrition.
Our Keeping Social in Later Life video explains why it's so important to keep connected and provides info on some helpful organisations in Scotland that aim to reduce loneliness in older people.
If you have any enquiries regarding befriending projects or ways to keep social in later life then please contact us here.
5th October 2018
4th October 2018, Day Four Malnutrition Awareness Week: Keeping Active
Eating well combined with moving more is a key way to help prevent malnutrition.
Our Keeping Active in Later Life Info-Graphic explains why it's so important to keep moving as we age and some simple ways to keep fit and healthy.
For more information on physical activity as an older adult, there are also some helpful guidelines from the NHS.
4th October 2018
3rd October 2018, Day Three Malnutrition Awareness Week: Keeping Hydrated
Preventing malnutrition in older adults isn't just about eating the right foods: drinking enough fluids and keeping hydrated is also important. Older people in particular are at risk of dehydration due to decreased thirst sensation.
Watch our new info-graphic which explains the issues dehydration can cause, as well as simple ways to ensure an older person is drinking enough.
For more information on keeping hydrated, you can also read the Food First fact sheet from the BDA.
3rd October 2018
2nd October 2018, Day Two Malnutrition Awareness Week: Food First
"For older person at risk or suffering from malnutrition, it's important to make every bite count."
These are wise words from our Project Dietitian Sally Grubb, who wants you to know more about simple ways to help prevent weight loss and malnutrition.
You can also find more Food First information on the BAPEN website.
2nd October 2018
1st October 2018, Day One Malnutrition Awareness Week: Spotting the Signs and Symptoms
The first UK Malnutrition Awareness Week has officially launched! We are really excited for a busy week ahead and we're looking forward to sharing lots of information and resources to aid the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition in Scotland.
For day one of Malnutrition Awareness Week we would like everyone to understand the signs and symptoms of malnutrition and what we can do to help.
Watch our brand-new video 'Spotting the Signs and Symptoms of Malnutrition', featuring Project Dietitian Sally Grubb.
Our new leaflet 'Understanding Malnutrition and What You Can Do' is also available to view and download here.
1st October 2018
Malnutrition Awareness Week
We are delighted with the news that the first ever UK Malnutrition Awareness Week will be taking place 1-7th October 2018.
Together BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force will be addressing dangerous myths around malnutrition and raising awareness of it among the public and healthcare professionals.
Eat Well Age Well will be supporting our UK partners and will capitalise on this campaign to raise awareness of our own Scottish project and Scottish based information and news. On Monday 1st Oct we will be hosting our 'Eat Well Age Well' social event for older people in Glasgow at Finn's Place, where guests will be treated to lunch, a taster session on Tai Chi and have the chance to play to a brand-new board game all about food and wellbeing: the Food in Later Life game.
Our Small Ideas, Big Impact fund will also officially open for submissions on 1st Oct, so make sure to get your application in.
Another key focus of our campaign will be highlighting the importance of screening, therefore throughout the week we'll be sharing lots of resources and advice on ways in which to help prevent, detect and treat malnutrition, so make sure to follow us on social media to keep up to date with all our activities. Follow us on Twitter @EatWellScot and don't forget to give us a like on Facebook and Instagram too.
If you'd like to get involved, then why not send us a selfie with your pledge on how you'll help older people to eat well, age well and live well - just like our Project Dietitian, Sally.
Download and print here and don't forget the hashtag #MAWScot2018
Eat Well Age Well on the Regal Radio Big Fry-Up Show
We've been out and about on the Eat Well Age Well Roadshow for a few weeks now, spreading the word about our Small Ideas, Big Impact fund.
As a part of our tour we've had the pleasure of visiting lots of local radio stations to share why we're in the community looking for great ideas to help older people to eat well, age well and live well.
On Monday 20th August, our Digital Communications Officer Danielle joined Willie Evans on the Regal Radio Big Fry-Up Show and you can catch up with all their chat here:
Eat Well Age Well Roadshow Touring Scotland
Eat Well Age Well is going on tour, looking for great ideas that will help older people living at home to eat well, age well and live well.
The Small Ideas, Big Impact fund is offering grants ranging from £50 to £5000 and is open to groups and individuals who feel they could help test ways to detect, prevent or treat malnutrition.
The Eat Well Age Well Roadshow begins on 6th August in Stirling and will visit Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Galashiels and Livingston, with further locations yet to be announced. If you would like more information about the grants scheme, or advice on your application then drop in to your nearest venue where we'll be more than happy to help.
Innovations Officer Gail Hutchison is looking forward to hearing your ideas: "The Small Ideas Big Grants fund is a great opportunity for people to really make a difference to older people in their community. Whether you're a carer who would like training to spot the signs of malnutrition, or you run a café and want to host an event to bring older people together through food, everyone has the opportunity to apply for our grants and ideas, no matter how big or small will be considered."
The Small Ideas, Big Impact fund will be open for submissions in October 2018 and you can find out more by visiting our Grants page. Make sure to also follow us on social media to keep updated with our Roadshow event.
August 2018 #EWAWRoadshow
Eat Well Age Well Launch Event
We had a fantastic response to the official Eat Well Age Well Launch event in Edinburgh on the 16th May. Sixty delegates from a wide variety of organisations including NHS, Scottish Government, Third Sector, Local Councils, Housing Associations and Academia, came together to show their support and enthusiasm for the project, as we shared our aims, objectives and plans for the future.
One section of the event was dedicated to group discussions seeking our delegates' views on changes needed in the community to help address malnutrition in older people. We very much appreciate everyone's participation in this invaluable exercise which offered detailed insight into how Eat Well Age Well can help develop ideas for the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition.
We would like to thank Bill Gray, Organisational Lead for Community Food and Health (Scotland) for speaking at our event and a special mention goes to Wendy Willis, Professor of Food and Public Health at the University of Hertfordshire, for stepping in at short notice on the day to share her experience of working with older people and malnutrition.
The Eat Well Age Well Roadshow begins on 6th August in Stirling and will visit Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Galashiels and Livingston, with further locations yet to be announced.
If you would like more information about the grants scheme, or advice on your application then drop in to your nearest venue where we'll be more than happy to help.