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|University of Reading||United Kingdom|
|Vrije Universiteit Brussel||Belgium|
Context. For the older people, eating well is a key factor in preserving their health and preventing the onset of diseases linked to aging. “Eating well” means having a diet adapted in terms of quality and quantity, allowing the older adult to fulfil their nutritional needs. But it is also means promoting eating pleasure in order to sustain the desire to eat. However, aging may be accompanied by a decline in appetite, which predisposes the older individual to the onset of undernutrition. Recently, Sulmont-Rossé and Van Wymelbeke (CND, 2019) observed that about 4 older individuals over 5 who receive help for their meals do not meet their caloric and/or protein requirements. In addition, the results showed that 90% of the participants who were at risk of undernutrition did not fulfil the recommended daily allowance and could be qualified as ‘small eaters’ (Moye & Bohmer, 2002, J Nutr Health Aging)
Objective. The project FORTIPHY will address the nutritional and physical activity needs of older small eaters (≥ 70 years old) living at home. Specifically, FORTIPHY will develop new solutions allowing older people to fortify their regular meals, namely increasing caloric and protein intake without increasing the volume to be ingested (Morilla-Herrera et al, 2016, J Nutr health Ageing). In addition, given that several studies have highlighted the importance of physical activity to sustain muscle mass and functional capacity (Shad et al, 2016, Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab). FORTIPHY will develop a physical activity program easy to implement by frail older people living at home. To achieve these ambitious goals, the FORTIPHY project has gathered scientists covering different disciplines (food science & technology, nutrition, sensory science, consumer behavior). In addition, end users (older people, caregivers) will be involved very early in the innovation process, in order to ensure the feasibility and the relevance of newly developed solutions (co-creation of solutions).
FORTIPHY will develop new solutions allowing older small eaters to fortify their regular meals in order to fulfill their nutritional needs.
FORTIPHY will delelop physical activity programs tailored to physical fitness, usage and habits of older small eaters.
FORTIPHY will involved end-users (older peaople, caregivers) very early in the project through co-creation and participatory research.
FORTIPHY will contribute to prevent the onset of undernutrition in older small eaters.
FORTIPHY will foster the use of meal enrichment by heatlhcare professionals and caregivers.
FORTIPHY will empower food industry in creating novel products aimed at enabling older people to enrich their regular meals.
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