Aug 13, 2014 7:00 PM by Annie Snead
A serious problem among senior citizens - many aren't eating enough, that's according to a new study.
Researchers found 16 percent of seniors who visited the emergency room were malnourished and an additional 44 percent were at risk for malnutrition.
Although the majority of these patients had a regular doctor and health insurance, most had never been diagnosed with a lack of nutrition.
Depression was the greatest risk factor for malnutrition, along with difficulty eating, problems getting groceries and residing in assisted living.
News 5 spoke to Lorri Orwig with Silver Key Senior Services in Colorado Springs who says the numbers don't surprise her.
They've seen a steady increase in the number of people coming in for food assistance over the last few years.
"We have been looking at ways that we can reach out to more seniors in the community in regard to food insecurity so we have more people coming in to receive the federal food boxes on a monthly basis," said Orwig.
"We don't ever want somebody to go hungry because they can't pay for food," she added.
Thursday August 14, 2014 they'll be hosting a free nutrition class for seniors.
It will take place from 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. at 2250 Bott Avenue.