Food Train tackles malnutrition in older people

Support for those aged 65+ will help with earlier intervention to stop physical and mental health problems from under-nourishment deepening.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 12:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 1:34 pm
Ian Dick from the Newton Stewart branch of Food Train completed the Kiltwalk

Food Train is leading the charge to tackle malnutrition among older people and hopes a new advice line will help Dumfries and Galloway residents secure swifter support.

The Eat Well Age Well project team are manning the freephone Malnutrition Advice Line – 0800 13 88 220 – with a focus on those aged 65 and over.

The line’s launch is among measures being taken to support healthy ageing and help understand the signs of malnutrition so action can be taken early before problems deepen.

It follows a pilot project where registered dieticians and nutritionists fielded calls on queries including those surrounding reduced appetite, weight loss and confusion about what to eat in order to stay well.

Food Train is most widely known for its home shopping service for older people, which operates across Dumfries and Galloway. Eat Well Age Well is one of the sister services as part of wider national efforts to tackle malnutrition among older people.

Laura Cairns, Eat Well Age Well project manager, said: “We need everyone to start simple conversations with friends and loved ones about food, cooking and their appetite.

"These conversations are key to discovering the problems people are experiencing and what steps can be taken to ensure there are no further problems with eating. Our advice line allows exactly that.”

The advice line is open from 9am until 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or alternatively email [email protected] at any time.

Meanwhile, Ian Dick from the Newton Stewart branch of Food Train took part in Kiltwalk and raised £1,415 in support of its vital services for older people.

Development officer Karen Barbour said: “Ian said he enjoyed his 27-mile walk, but admits his wee toes did suffer quite a bit. Hope they've recovered now Ian, well done, that's quite an achievement.

"Ian would like to thank everyone who sponsored him, he was really pleased to get so much local support and is already thinking about doing it again next year.”