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Elderly nutrition can have 'dramatic impact'

17th March 2014

There have been various reports highlighting how serious the issue of malnutrition is here in the UK. One group particularly at risk is the elderly.

Old Lady (feature)Age UK's research reports one-in-ten over-65s experiencing intense loneliness, which translates to total of a million people suffering from this mental health issue..

Loneliness is a factor that can have a dramatic impact on diet and this is especially true of older adults.

We spoke to Dietitian, Helen Willis of Wiltshire Farm Foods, who said that this week is a "stark reminder to anyone working with older people of what still needs to be done" to "support our ageing communities who are not eating well enough."

Willis also highlighted the importance of community practitioners who "are often the only people these individuals see" on a weekly basis. She said that the malnutrition of the elderly "is a wider issue that requires better collaborative working between healthcare professionals and community organisations."

According to nutritionist website, http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk, there are certain "nutrients which become particularly important as we get older". The website provides a useful list of information that can consolidate information you do know and, maybe, teach you a few more things.

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