20 May 2013

In this week’s edition we welcome as new members:

·       East Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau

·       The Malnutrition Task Force

View all Alliance members here

Information Update

·       Bring it Back – Alliance member The Dairy Council’s campaign to increase awareness of malnutrition in the elderly is here! Despite the concentration on obesity, malnutrition is common particularly in the older person and can have important clinical consequences such as increased infections and longer and more frequent hospital admissions, but also negative quality of life and social consequences. It is important that we all recognise and respond to signs of our elderly at risk from malnutrition and do something to help. For example simple food ideas using dairy may help.

Find out more from the Bring it Back section of their website or order free leaflets and postcards here

·       FREE EVENT: Launch of Employer Resources for ‘Healthy & Productive Workers’

Supporting the health and productivity of an ageing workforce increases business performance and significantly reduces costs. You are invited to the launch of the Age Action Alliance’s new Employer Resource, hosted by Alliance member the Association of British Insurers on 23rd May from 8.30am – 10.30am, at 51 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HQ (by St Paul’s) Join an audience of business leaders, employers and experts on age health, health and employment. For the first time this new Employer Resource brings together some of the best, simplest tools to provide employers with practical solutions for managing a healthy productive ageing workforce. It has been designed as an easy to use resource for employers of all sizes and business support organisations. Please forward this invitation throughout your business networks. Admission is free but numbers are limited so please confirm your attendance to this invitation by emailing events@abi.org.uk providing your name, job title, and organisation.

·       Alliance member The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is an independent, research led, think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and demographic change. The ILC is currently recruiting for two members of staff  – click on the links below for further details:

An Economics of Ageing Research Fellow

A Research Fellow

·       New Alliance member The Malnutrition Task Force has published a series of guides on implementing good nutrition and hydration care for older people in hospitals, care homes and in the community.  With more than a million older people suffering from malnutrition, the release of these guides are very timely. Whilst there is good practice in many organisations, there are still significant barriers in others, as demonstrated in the recently published findings from the CQC Dignity and Nutrition Inspections, hospital inpatients and adult social care surveyTogether, with a wide range of stakeholders, The Malnutrition Task Force has identified many excellent examples of practice and existing guides, tools and resources that are readily available. From these they have drawn the principles of best practice and developed a framework to support local health communities and organisations to take action and make the changes needed.

Further information about the Malnutrition Task Force and the Best Practice Implementation Guides can be accessed on their website here.

Age Action Alliance Secretariat

 

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