With the European population growing older, the challenge is to keep an increasing number of seniors across all European countries healthy and active. In Europe, between 13.5 % and 29.7 % of older adults living at home are malnourished or at risk of protein energy malnutrition. PROMISS aims to better understand and ultimately prevent protein energy malnutrition in seniors. Thereby, PROMISS will contribute to improve active and healthy ageing.

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Nutrition for healthy ageing


25th January 2021

PROMISS Newsletter #4 – Recommendations on sustainable protein intake

The Horizon2020 PROMISS project tackles malnutrition with a specific focus on protein-energy malnutrition.

PROMISS makes use of large-scale databases to understand the relationships between food intake, food characteristics, physical activity, the oral and gut microbiota, and poor appetite, malnutrition and poor health among older adults. Preferences and attitudes of older persons about food intake and physical activity are also taken into account.

Based on the outcomes of this research, PROMISS has developed optimized, sustainable and evidence-based dietary and physical activity recommendations

This newsletter focuses on the recommendations on sustainable protein intake for older people living at home.

In this newsletter:

  • PROMISS recommendations on sustainable protein intake (p. 2-5)
    • Our food choices can make a difference in coping with climate change.
    • Acceptability of protein sources among older persons in Europe
    • Readiness for older adults to consume alternative, more sustainable protein sources
    • Dietary changes needed to achieve a high-protein, environmentally sustainable diet
    • Recommendations for environmentally sustainable protein consumption
  • What comes next? (p. 5-6)
    • Recommendations for key target stakeholders

Enjoy reading the fourth PROMISS Newsletter (click here).

14th January 2021

Associations between Objectively Measured Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Time in Bed among 75+ Community-dwelling Danish Older Adults

Li-Tang Tsai, Eleanor Boyle, Jan Brønd, Gry Kock, Mathias Skjødt, Lars Hvid, Paolo Caserotti

BMC Geriatrics, 21, Article number: 53 (2021)

Background and Method

Older adults are recommended to sleep 7-8 hours/day. Time in bed (TIB) differs from sleep duration and includes also the time of lying in bed without sleeping. This study was based on cross-sectional analysis of the Healthy Ageing Network of Competence (HANC Study). Physical activity and sedentary behaviour were measured by a tri-axial accelerometer (ActiGraph) placed on the dominant wrist for 7 days. TIB was recorded in self-reported diaries and participants were categorized as “usually”, “sometimes”, or “rarely” meeting the recommended TIB of 7-9 hr/night in the measurement period, corresponding to “≥80%”, “20-79%”, and “<20%” of measurement days, respectively.

Results and Conclusion

341 older adults (median age 81 (IQR 5), 62% women) were included with median TIB of 8hr 21min (IQR 1hr 10min)/day, physical activity level of 2054 (IQR 864) counts per minutes (CPM)/day with 64% (IQR 15%) of waking hours in sedentary behavior. Those who are more active (with average CPM within the highest tertile) are less likely to be categorized as “rarely” complying to 7-9hr TIB (67 % lower risk) when compared to those who are less active (CPM within the lowest tertile of average CPM). Being highly sedentary (≥10 hr/day of sedentary behavior) resulted in over 3 times higher risk to be categorized as “rarely” complying to 7-9hr TIB (relative risk ratio 3.21 (1.50-6.88), p=0.003). For older adults, being physically active and less sedentary was associated with being in bed for 7-9 hours/night for most nights (≥80%). Practical implication of this study is to recommend older adults to be in bed for preferably 7 to 9 hours per night. In order to achieve this goal, clinicians can recommend evidence-based strategies to older adults for promoting adequate TIB and improving sleep quality. Future longitudinal studies are warranted to explore the causal relationship between physical activity, time in bed, and sleep duration. Lower sensitivity of wrist-worn accelerometers to distinguish physical activity at higher intensities needs to be considered and perhaps replaced or coupled with measures from thigh-worn or hip-worn accelerometers.

You can read the full article here

12th January 2021

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