Health and quality of life in an aging population – food and beyond

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Davide Giacalone, Karin Maria Elisabet Wendin, Stefanie Kremer, Michael Bom Frøst, Wender Bredie, Viktoria Olsson, Marie Haulund Otto, Signe Dahl Skjoldborg, Ulla Lindberg, Einar Risvik

In Europe the percentage of citizens aged 65 and over is increasing at an unprecedented rate, and is expected to account for over 30% of the population by 2050. Coupled with an increase in life expectancy, this massive demographic change calls for a major effort to ensure quality of life in our older population. A thorough understanding of the elderly as food consumers, their nutritional needs, their food perception and preferences are increasingly needed.

The role of food in healthy aging was a prominent theme at the 6th European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research, which had quality of life across the life span as a focal point. This short paper is based on a workshop held at the EuroSense meeting, focusing on research from sensory and consumer scientists. The workshop featured contributions focusing on food-related perception, needs and behavior of the elderly, and aimed at demonstrating the relevance of sensory and consumer scientists in promoting food-related well-being in an aging population. The workshop contributions are here reviewed and summarized three main themes: nutritional needs, food perception and aging, and behavioral drivers of food consumption.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Issue numberPart B
Pages (from-to)166-170
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Papers from EUROSENSE 2014 – A SENSE OF LIFE Sixth European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research

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