As a result of increased standards of living and advances in medicine and healthcare people are now living longer than ever before.
There are over nine million 'elderly' people in the UK (those aged 65 and over), making up around 17% of the population.
Over the next 35 years, the number of people over the age of 65 is predicted to increase by 30% and the number over 85 will rise by 66%.
The term 'elderly' encompasses a wide range of individuals, both in terms of chronological age (from 65 years to over 100) and in terms of health. Many older people enjoy an active life with few health problems. Others, however, are frail and more vulnerable to ill health and are at risk of becoming malnourished.
A good diet can help ensure older people feel healthier, stay active for longer, and help protect against illness and speed recovery, ultimately making an important contribution to quality of life.