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Malnutrition affects thousands of dementia sufferers

Malnutrition afflicts 70 per cent of older people living at home and is estimated to affect about 45 per cent of Alzheimer sufferers.

Malnutrition affects thousand of Britons living with dementia Credit: Angelika Warmuth/DPA/Press Association Images

Age UK estimates that 1.3 million people over 65 suffer from malnutrition, with the vast majority of those - 93 per cent - living in the community.

Almost 10 per cent of older people living at home are affected by malnutrition, 30 per cent living in care homes and 70 per cent of older people in hospital, according to a report from Alzheimer's Disease International and the Compass Group.

"Consequences include frailty, reduced mobility, skin fragility, an increased risk of falls and fractures, exacerbation of health conditions and increased mortality," said the report.