Having nutritious and varied food is important for good health and well-being throughout life. As we age, it becomes even more important. I wonder if it would surprise you that it is estimated that one in ten people over the age of 65 are at risk of malnutrition. You might know someone at risk or it could even be you.
Ageing puts us all at risk of becoming malnourished. This is a concern because poor nutrition can be both a cause and a consequence of ill health. Signs will often go unnoticed until they have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing.
Malnourishment can affect health and well-being, and cause long-term health problems for otherwise healthy and independent older people. It can also mean more visits to the GP, increased chances of being admitted to hospital and longer recovery times from illness.