Meals for older people 'are not just about nutrition'
The social aspect of meals can be important for older people, who may be paying for long term care or choosing a care home, according to Abbeyfield.
This month, clinical nutrition organisation BAPEN released a report that claimed as many as one in three patients of all ages admitted into hospital are at risk of malnutrition.
Mark Gleeson, membership director of the charity, said the research makes "sobering reading", particularly considering the dramatic cuts to services like meals on wheels.
"For many, eating means more than just satisfying nutritional requirements, it can also be about a social occasion in an environment that is familiar," he added.
Mr Gleeson went on to say that although emphasis has been placed on allowing elderly people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, it can have a detrimental effect on their wellbeing if they are not able to get the care that they need.