Title: Feasibility study on dietary recommendations for older adults in the European Union
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC95676
ISBN: 978-92-79-48081-2 (print)
978-92-79-48080-5 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 27227
OP LB-NA-27227-EN-C (print)
OP LB-NA-27227-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC95676
DOI: 10.2788/755077
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Despite mounting scientific evidence to support healthy and balanced diet in promoting active and healthy ageing, targeted, age-specific, and up-to-date dietary recommendations for older adults in Europe are not easy to find. On the 23-24 October 2014, the JRC organised an expert workshop "Feasibility study on dietary recommendations for older adults in the European Union" to discuss the need for dietary recommendations targeting older adults in Europe, and to identify strategies to promote better diet to prevent malnutrition in the older population. Twenty four experts from multiple disciplines related to nutrition and ageing from various European countries participated in the one and half day workshop. The overall consensus was that older adults, who are healthy may not need additional specific dietary recommendations as the current general adult population recommendations are likely to be sufficient, although some argued that even in healthy older adults, attention should still be paid to vitamin D and protein intakes. Participants identified and developed points for action for three main strategies/ working areas to promote better diet and reduce malnutrition in older adults. The strategies were 1) to develop targeted dietary guidelines for specific groups of older adults, 2) to implement general screening with a multi-disciplinary approach, and 3) to carry out additional research in a number of areas related to diet and ageing.
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