Campaign to tackle elderly malnutrition

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DERBYSHIRE County Council wants to hear from groups that might be interested in finding out more about malnutrition in older people.

The council has launched a campaign to address the issue of malnutrition in older people in Derbyshire and is planning to arrange presentations or talks for local groups.

It would like to hear from any group whose members would find it useful to get practical advice on how to spot the signs of malnutrition in older people, and how to tackle the problem.

The talks or presentations will help people spot the symptoms in themselves, elderly friends, relatives and other older people they come into contact with.

A booklet to help spot the signs if elderly people are losing weight is also available.

Councillor Carol Hart, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for public health said: “Malnutrition and dehydration cause serious health problems – including infections like colds and flu, depression and falls.

“It’s also a common cause of admission to hospitals and care homes and costs the taxpayer billions of pounds a year.”

Groups that might be interested in talks should call Lynwen Davison on 01629 538215 or email lynwen.davison@derbyshire.gov.uk.

The aforementioned booklet – which has the support of Age UK Derby and Derbyshire and the NHS, – is available from libraries or can be downloaded from www.derbyshire.gov.uk/eatwell.

For more information about the campaign see www.derbyshire.gov.uk/eatwell .