On 20 January 2021 The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) released a position statement on nutrition and older adults living in the community.

This position statement by SACN provides an overview of the currently available evidence on nutrition in older adults and its impact on healthy ageing. It considers evidence relating to adults aged 65 years and over living in the community.

Nutrition and older adults was last considered by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA, the predecessor of SACN) as a dedicated topic in the report on “The nutrition of elderly people” (COMA, 1992). You can access this report on the COMA reports web page.

Since then, the age structure of the population has undergone considerable change with growth in the proportion and number of older adults. In this context, SACN agreed to review the more recent evidence base and make recommendations where possible.

An overview of the position statement on nutrition and older adults living in the community has been published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

BJN publishes Research Articles, Review Articles, Systematic Reviews, Horizons in Nutritional Science, Workshop Reports, Invited Commentaries, Letters to the Editor, Obituaries, Editorials and Policy papers. It also welcomes manuscripts that report studies in nutritional epidemiology, nutritional requirements, metabolic studies, body composition, energetics, appetite and obesity. The Journal also publishes conference proceedings and symposia reports as supplementary issues. Further information and how to submit queries about publishing a supplement can be found here.