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NUTRISENEX - Improving the Quality of Life of Elderly People by Coordinating Research into Malnutrition of the Frail Elderly

Elmadfa, Ibrahim
Universitaet Wien
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This project's primary aim is to improve the quality of life of the elderly. Its benefits are likely to be felt most keenly by the frail elderly, those that require constant care by others, but its activities are not confined to this sub-group. It is aimed at T6 of Priority 5 & aims to improve understanding of how diet can promote healthy ageing.

The global objectives are

  • To co-ordinate research into the nutrition of the elderly
  • To improve their quality of life
  • To reduce public health costs through the prevention of nutrition related diseases
  • To encourage the development of nutritionally-balanced food products specially designed for the elderly.
The specific objectives of this co-ordination action are to:
  • Co-ordinate European research into nutrition for the elderly
  • Document the state of the art in age-related sensory research & technology
  • Highlight the most promising areas for development
  • Map current research activities within the ERA Identify suitable technologies & policies that can improve the diet of the elderly, through studies & expert group meetings
  • Survey legislation relating to care for & nutrition of the elderly, highlighting loopholes & best practice
  • Improve the understanding of healthy food options availab le to care providers for the elderly
  • Develop a set of guidelines & recommendations of best practice for use in the health & care industry.
  • To assist the implementation of these guidelines through implementation workshops
  • Disseminate results through an enhanced website, technology transfer workshops & a staff training programme
  • Promote good communication between the partners & forge permanent research links
The main outputs will lead to:
  • Better co-ordinated European research:
  • Less duplication of effort
  • More rapid commercialisation
  • Increased awareness of the problems faced by the elderly
  • Improved guidelines & recommendations for healthcare professionals & policymakers
  • Improved quality of life for the elderly
More information

For more information about this project, please visit the European Commission Food Quality and Safety in Europe Web site.

Funding Source
European Commission
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Bacterial Pathogens
Legislation and Regulations