Research from the charity Age UK shows 1.3 million of our older population are suffering from malnutrition.
The charity says it is a national problem which is also a real cause for concern here in the Anglia region.
A special initiative is now being trialled in care homes across the Anglia region in an effort to tackle malnutrition. The Food First programme trains staff to identify those at risk and also gives residents individual food plans.
It has already been introduced at Little Bramingham Farm in Luton, run by Friends of the Elderly.
Age UK says older people are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition if they struggle to prepare and cook meals. Meals on Wheels services can be a valuable lifeline in these situations. Albert and Winifred Thompson, who are in their 90s, benefit from a Meals on Wheels service in Southend in Essex.
Their Meals on Wheels service is run by the WRVS charity. One of the volunteers told us she was not surprised by the high rate of malnutrition among older people.