Food in Later Life game and Malnutriton Awareness week #MAW 2018

Herts Advertiser: Tackling malnutrition in St Albans with free BMI check for awareness week

A dietetic and nutrition student talking about MAW2018

PhD student Ainee @555_qurratulain talks about what she’s been doing as part of #MAW2018 and how it’s helping her studies @UniofHerts

A discussion between Prof Wendy Wills, Dr Angela Dickinson and Cllr Richard Roberts from Herts County Council 

CRIPACC research into food insecurity in older people has previously been used by an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to explore Hidden Hunger and Malnutrition in the Elderly

Professor Wendy Wills and Dr Angela Dickinson together with post-grad students from the University of Hertfordshire.  #MAW2018

Local residents play the game, while Councillor Richard Roberts talks to the local residents attending today's community day in St Albans

Look at our new

Food Security Game video

'Food in later life'

'Staying in control of their own shopping is considered key by older people, determined to retain their independence and sense of community belonging'

'Crucially, food shopping provides older people with opportunities for social interaction as the risk of loneliness increases'

#MAW2019 - Malnutrition Week 2019


















Malnutrition Myths no1


Q. It is normal to lose weight as you get older?


A. It is not normal to lose weight as we age, and significant, unplanned weight loss may be a sign that somebody is malnourished or at risk of becoming malnourished.

Malnutrition Myths no2


Losing weight or losing your appetite in later life is not a serious issue Significant, unplanned weight loss makes someone more likely to get ill, fall, and slows down recovery time from illness or surgery.

Malnutrition Myths no3


Malnutrition does not exist in the UK anymore Shocking numbers- 3 million people in the UK who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, (one in ten people over 65). Be aware of signs of malnutrition.


Take action if concerned.


Playing the Food in Later Life Game

"We played the game to encourage conversation regarding healthy meals & accessibility of food.


The group enjoyed exchanging useful ideas about

managing their access to food." Keyham Lunch Club.


#malnutritionmonday @amdickinson1 @Wendy_J_Wills

Food Security Game

Official England launch 3 October 2018

St Albans Jubilee Centre, during Malnutrion Awareness week, 1 - 5 October #MAW2018

The Food in Later Life game, created by Focus Games and CRIPACC, has it's official England launch event, on 3rd October at Jubilee Centre, St Albans during Malnutrion Awareness week #MAW2018 


Created by Dr Angela Dickinson and Professor Wendy Wills, the game aims to help retailers, professionals, volunteers and other members of the community who work with and live alongside older people to understand how to help the older generation remain 'food secure'. 


It is an educational board game, which helps players understand the challenges faced by older peope when buying, cooking, or eating.  It also helps them to explore what individuals and organisations can do to ensure older people have access to a safe and nutritious diet, continuing to enjoy food in later life.

For further information, contact Dr Angela Dickinson and Professor Wendy Wills

Twitter @foodinlaterlife @amdickinson1

Twenty Five

'Lives seen through food' Exhibition is on the road

Drop in to the interactive exhibition in St Albans which is being shown as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

This exhibition took visitors on a journey from home to supermarket in a specially designed space.

The exhibition featured a selection of photographs and videos collected during a research project in Hertfordshire that explored food in later life with 25 households. Visitors were encouraged to interact with the exhibits, try on our special glasses and contribute their own thoughts, experiences, photos and recipes.  

This free exhibition opened to the public on 7th, 8th, November 2017 10am - 5pm and 10th November 2017 10am-2pm at the Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BU. 

As well as the exhibition, there were 2 special events; event 1 was open to the public, meeting with the research team - finding out more about the research behind the exhibition (refreshments provided), event 2 for food retailers.

This exciting event presented new ideas about how food retailers can increase sales to older people. It challenged retailers to rethink how they can better serve the increasing numbers of older people.

The aim was to find out:

  • What do older people want from food retailers?

  • How to set up ‘Slow Shopping’

  • What is a supermarket Food Train? Could it work in your supermarket/shop?


The guest speakers were:

Katherine Vero, Founder of Slow Shopping® and Michelle Carruthers MBE, Chief Executive, Food Train Scotland.

Improving food shopping for older people 

The research briefing, ‘Improving food shopping for older people’ is now available to read via the link below.  This is the culmination of the 2-year study undertaken by the University of Hertfordshire’s Food and Public Health Research team on Food Provision in Later Life.  The study was funded by the Food Standards Agency and the Economic and Social Research Council to explore the resilience of older people within the UK food system.

Improving food shopping for older people

A second briefing is being prepared, to further explore how ‘vulnerability’ is shaped, defined and experienced by older people in relation to food.

Featured Videos

The research team asked a  group of children  to sketch some solutions  to issues highlighted about shopping in later life . 
Food Matters Live 
London ExCel Arena  November 2016

The research team attended the Food Matters Live event to showcase their research findings.  This is the UK's only cross-sector event which brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, food service providers, government and those working in nutrition.  There were over 600 exhibitors with more than 15,000 visitors across 3 days.

The University has gained far-reaching, national media coverage as a result of this event.  The research was covered by 133 different media outlets, including The Times, Daily Mail, The Independent, Sky News, ITV News and BBC Breakfast with headlines focusing on slow shopping. Wendy also had 17 radio interviews. The total media reach was 21,760,436!

To read some of our headlines, please click on the links below:

The Times


The Daily Telegraph

The Mail

The Independent

About the project....... 


This research project explored older people's views and experiences of acquiring food in the UK.  


Interviews, photographing and videoing food use in the home, accompanyed people while they bought food: focus groups around Hertfordshire, an exhibition and a stakeholder event were used to inform the project. 


The research is part of a wider body of work around Understanding the Challenges of the food system in the UK, which is  funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Food Standards Agency (FSA) from October 2014 to September 2016.



Keep up to date with the project on our twitter feed at #FoodLaterLife


Blog posts

Slow Shopping

March 1, 2017

None of us know how to cut a ‘hand of cress!!

September 26, 2016

Using a modified board game strategy to facilitate a stakeholder event

August 9, 2016

Opening the cupboard door on older people’s food habits - An exhibition of research findings

July 4, 2016

Please reload


    © 2015. Website is proudly created by Faith Ikioda with

    This project is Funded by 


    The project is a collaborative project by  the University of Hertfordshire between the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care and Hertfordshire Business school.