A THIRD of elderly people in Dorset are eating less than one meal a day as they struggle to get out to buy food in bad weather, according to new research.

The study revealed that a significant barrier for senior citizens looking to prepare their own meal was difficulty in getting to shops in bad weather, with 49 per cent struggling to reach out-of-town supermarkets.

Other challenges cited include: inability to lift heavy saucepans (44 per cent), unclear cooking instructions (32 per cent), reduced mobility (31 per cent), unclear product information on pack (27 per cent) and portion size (25 per cent).

The results are part of a survey carried out by On the Menu as part of its Forgotten Generation Study.

Focus groups were held with 200 seniors across the UK, following the news that one in five seniors over 65 and living alone is now officially malnourished and that a third of elderly people do not eat a hot meal each day.