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 1/5 and half of of all 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.
Nutrition for healthy ageing
PROMISS final conference – 25 June 2021, 14:00 (online)
PROMISS organises its final conference online on 25 June 2021 from 14:00 to 17:00 CEST. The conference will provide the opportunity to learn more about the importance of protein for older people, the PROMISS findings and evidence-based recommendations developed in the project. It will foster engagement between the PROMISS researchers and the target audiences and allow for interactive virtual exchanges.
A roundtable discussion with input from international experts will assess the importance of protein for older people. This will be followed by a plenary session on optimal protein intake for older people living at home. Three break-out sessions on specific protein-related topics are then held – conference participants get the chance to participate in two out of three as the same session will be run twice (also see programme below for details).
- Session 1: Eating protein in a environmentally friendly way
- Session 2: Older adults’ perspectives on protein – consumer insights
- Session 3: Supporting older adults to increase their protein intake
Registration: register for free (click here)
Who should attend:
- Researchers interested in protein malnutrition, and sustainable diets
- Health care professionals interested in supporting their patients in increasing their protein intake
- Dietitians and nutritionists
- Older people with an interest in healthy food and healthy ageing
- Policy makers working on nutrition, healthy ageing and sustainable food policies
- Food industry and small and medium-sized enterprises interested in developing protein (en)rich(ed) products
14.00 Welcome Marjolein Visser, Professor of Nutrition and Health at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
14.05 PROMISS – the importance of protein for older people
Roundtable discussion with input from international experts
- Alfonso Cruz Jentoft, Professor of Geriatrics at Universidad Europea de Madrid
- Tommy Cederholm, Professorof of Clinical Nutrition at Uppsala University
- Dorothee Volkert, Professor of Clinical Nutrition in Old Age at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität
- Jürgen Bauer, Professor of Geriactric Medicine at Universität Heidelberg
14.20 Optimal protein intake for community-dwelling older adults
Marjolein Visser, Professor of Nutrition and Health at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
What is the optimal protein intake for older people in order to age healthily? There will be a brief introduction to the current protein intake among older people and the relationship between protein, muscles and loss of function in ageing.
15:00 Explanation of the 3 breakout sessions + break
15.15 Breakout session 1-3, round 1
- Session 1: Eating protein in a environmentally friendly way: What is the role of food production on the environment, what are sustainable sources of protein and how can you eat sustainably? You will get answers to these and other questions.
- Session 2: Older adults’ perspectives on protein – consumer insights: We will look at older people’s knowledge of protein, what their preferences are when it comes to protein sources and whether there are differences between different groups.
- Session 3: Supporting older adults to increase their protein intake: Questions that will be addressed in this session are: How do you calculate the right protein requirement for different people, what are the potential risks of more protein and what tools are available to help older people make good choices when it comes to protein?
15.50 Session 1-3, round 2
16.20 Protein quiz
The quiz will test your knowledge of protein and will be presented live. Will you be the one to win one of the great prizes?
16.30 Wrap-up and concluding words by the PROMISS Coordinator
16.45 PROMISS video
Highlights of the PROMISS experience and an overview of further information materials.
Low protein intake, physical activity and physical function in European and North American community-dwelling older adults: a pooled analysis of four longitudinal aging cohorts
Nuno Mendonça, Linda M Hengeveld, Marjolein Visser, Nancy Presse, Helena Canhão, Eleanor M Simonsick, Stephen B Kritchevsky, Anne B Newman, Pierrette Gaudreau, Carol Jagger
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2021
Dietary protein may slow the decline in muscle mass and function with aging, making it a sensible candidate to slow down or even prevent disability progression. At present, studies providing reliable estimates of the association between protein intake and physical function, and its interaction with physical activity, in community-dwelling older adults are lacking. We wanted to investigate the longitudinal relationship between protein intake and physical function, as well as how the results varied with different physical activity levels. For this we used individual participant data from four cohorts in the PROMISS consortium (Health ABC, NuAge, LASA and Newcastle 85+) with more than 5700 participants living in the community and followed up to almost 9 years. We found that higher daily protein intake may reduce physical function decline not only in older adults with protein intake below the current recommended dietary allowance of 0.8 grams/kg bodyweight/day, but also in those with a protein intake that is already considered sufficient, i.e. above and beyond the 0.8 grams/kg bodyweight/day. This dose-dependent association was observed for all levels of physical activity, suggesting that the results on the association between protein intake and physical function do not change by physical activity level.
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