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.
Nutrition for healthy ageing
PROMISS Masterclasses – behind the scenes
Our PROMISS partners VIVES and HAS – Universities of Applied Sciences in Belgium and the Netherlands – have been busy the last few weeks recording the first Masterclass videos targeting food industry.
These Masterclass videos in the form of webinars are embedding PROMISS scientific findings into the broader research context on protein malnutrition and translate them into more practical guidelines for food industry.
So far three videos have been recorded and are being edited right now.
Stay tuned for their release later this year!
“Behind the scenes” pictures
Two dietary advice strategies to increase protein intake among community-dwelling older adults: A feasibility study
Ilse Reinders, Hanneke Wijnhoven, Marjolein Visser
Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2020 Jun;37:157-167. doi: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2020.02.020
As many older adults do not meet the (current and higher) recommendations, we examined the feasibility (effectiveness and appreciation) of two dietary advice strategies to increase protein intake following either an even distribution of protein consumption over the day (‘even’ strategy) or a peak in protein consumption during one meal moment (‘peak’ strategy).
Older adults aged ≥ 65 years (n=60) who live at home were randomised into one of three groups; two intervention groups (‘even’ or ‘peak’ strategy) and one control group. Over the course of four weeks, participants of both intervention groups received personalised dietary advice and protein enriched food products (such as puddings, rice pudding, coconut water and whey-protein powder) to increase their daily protein intake. The ‘even’ group was advised to consume a maximum of 20 g of protein during each meal or snack moment while the ‘peak’ group was advised to consume at least one daily meal with 35–45 g of protein.
Both intervention groups increased their protein intake after four weeks significantly compared to the control group and participants following the ‘peak’ strategy more often had at least one meal per day very high in protein (≥35 g). Both intervention groups considered the advice to increase protein as (very) clear, and most reported they would (partly) continue following the advice to increase protein intake.
The ‘even’ and ‘peak’ dietary advice strategies were effective in increasing protein intake in four weeks and both well appreciated by community-dwelling older adults.
You can access the scientific article here
EuGMS Congress 2020 in Athens
Our PROMISS partner EuGMS (European Geriatric Medicine Society) organizes its 16th International Congress in Athens, Greece, 7-9 October 2020!
Abstract submission and call for Symposia are now open!
Conference Website: https://eugms.org/2020.html
📽 @PROMISS_VU partners @viveshogeschool and @HAShogeschool are translating PROMISS findings into practical guidelines for food industry. Get a sneak peak behind the scenes of the recording and stay tuned for the Masterclasses’ release later this year! 👉bit.ly/promiss-master… pic.twitter.com/URQMTajeQV