Nutritional problems of the elderly * 9' and old age, reduction in the fat content of the body seems to be entirely physiological. There have not been many published reports of the body composition of elderly people (Behnke, 1963; Krzywicki & Chinn, 1967; Montoye, Epstein & Kjelsberg, 1965; Parizkova & Eiselt, 1966; Young, Blondin, Tensuan & Fryer, 1963), but one of them (Montoye et al. 1965) shows that there is quite a marked increase in the number of lean people in the population after the age of about 60 years for men and about 67 for women. This could mean either that people become less fat after those ages or that only the less fat survive. We need much more information on all aspects of nutrition in the elderlychanging body composition, protein requirements, requirements for calories, minerals and vitamins. Much work is needed and the problems become larger each year. It is surely the province of organizations with appropriate funds at their disposal, to encourage research into the elucidation of these problems. I see little evidence that such funds are being given for nutritional studies among the elderly -all the more strange since senescence is so obviously present in some of the controlling committees.