Age UK: Food shopping must be made easier for older adults

Age UK:  Food shopping must be made easier for older adults

Food shopping must be made easier for older adults, according to one industry expert. Age UK is calling on supermarkets and corner shops to make their services more user-friendly for over 65s, after it was revealed that one in ten older adults that live at home are at risk of malnutrition. In a report entitled 'Food Shopping in Later Life - Barriers and Service Solution', the charity explains that 19 per cent of people over the age of 65 have a long standing illness that makes shopping difficult or impossible. Thus, they are asking for food retailers to address issues like narrow aisles, high or low shelving, and inadequate rest or toilet facilities. Michelle Mitchell, Age UK's charity director general, commented: "As our population gets older, this is going to become more and more of an issue. That’s why we’re calling on supermarkets and corner shops to wake up to the physical challenges facing many older people and make some basic changes." Some supermarkets are already aware of the challenge shopping poses to older adults and offer personal shopping services at no extra cost. Find the nearest Barchester care home.