Project funded in 2003 - Strand 1: Health Information

AgeingNutrition - Comparative analysis of existing data on nutrition and lifestyle of the ageing population in Europe, especially in the “new” Baltic, Central and Eastern regions of the Community
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Description
Action
Improving information and knowledge for the development of public health

Area of activity

Ageing and health, health in the applicant countries.
Comparative analysis of existing data on nutrition and lifestyle of the ageing population in Europe, especially in the „new” Baltic, Central and Eastern regions of the Community

Summary

to collect existing data on nutrition and lifestyle of the elderly in the candidate countries representing the „new” Baltic, Central and Eastern regions of the European Community
to analyse data for comparability with existing data from Western Europe (Member States)
to give recommendations for improvement of nutrition and lifestyle based on the comparable data
to find out what data are missing and investigations have to be done in the applicant countries
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Financing
Leader organisation
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn / Institut für Ernährungswissenschaft
Regina Pacis Weg 3
55113 Bonn
GERMANY
Tel: +49.228.730
Fax: +49.228.73.5579
web site: www.nutrition.uni-bonn.de
Contact Person
Peter Stehle
(Project leader)
IEL Ernährungsphysiologie
Universität Bonn
Endenicher Allee 11-13
D-53115 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 733680
Fax: +49 228 733217
p.stehle@uni-bonn.de
www.iel.uni-bonn.de
Associated beneficiaries
Semmelweis University, College of Health Care Department of Dietetics, Hungary
University of Vienna, Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Austria
Haute Ecole Lucia de Brouckère, Belgium
University of Crete, Preventive Medicine & Nutrition Unit, Greece
Ajuntament de Granollers, Public Health Department, Spain
Purkyne Military Medical Academy, Czech Republik
University of Tartu, Department of Internal Medicine, Estonia
Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Instytut Zywnosci I Zywienia, Poland
Environmental Health Department, Romania
Food Research Institute, Slovak Republic
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Baskent University, Faculty of Health Science, Turkey
Starting date and duration of project
- 01/05/2004
- 24 months
Total cost
300.000,00 €
Subsidy from the Commission
240.000,00 €
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Outcomes
Comparative data on nutrition and lifestyle of the ageing population in Europe, especially in the „new” Baltic, Central and Eastern regions of the Community.
Based on the results of the comparative study, country/region-specific recommendations for improvement of nutrition and lifestyle of the elderly living in the „new” regions of the EC, to promote their join up to the Member States.
Definition of the fields of interest and the regions of the EC where existing data are not sufficient for comparative evaluation, and based on this, recommendations for further studies.
The study results may serve as basis for further monitoring of nutrition and lifestyle of the European elderly population.

- Interim reportpdf(150 KB)image (150KB)
- Annex: Study overview (West European countries/ Baltic, Central, Eastern countries)pdf(606 KB)image (600KB)
- Final reportpdf(3 MB)image (2MB)
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Statement of project aim(s) and objectives This proposal relates to the cross cutting themes identified for 2003: 2.1.2 Health in the applicant countries and 2.1.6 Ageing and health. With integration of the 10 candidate countries in 2004 and others in 2007 and later, the European Community faces an enlargement by approximately 200 Million new citizens, life expectancy of the ageing population being lower in many of the applicant countries compared to Western Europe.The overall aim of the project is to review critically available data about nutrition and lifestyle of the elderly in Europe in a comparative manner to make a contribution to close up the nutritional and health status of the elderly in the „new” regions of the EC (Baltic, Central Europe and Eastern Europe). The specific objectives are collection of existing data on nutrition and lifestyle in the applicant countries, analysis of those data for comparability with each other and with existing data in the Member States. This has not been done so far. The comparative analysis will promote dissemination of recommendations for improvement of the nutritional status, health monitoring of the elderly living in the new regions of the EC, and stimulate further studies in the field. The project clearly contributes to cohesion within the community and responds to the needs arising from the enlargement of the Community. This large scale project includes partners from all applicant countries listed in the Call except Malta and Cyprus, covering the geographical regions of the Baltic, Central and Eastern Europe. Skilled partners from several but not all Member States are involved, since no country-specific data but a meta-analysis of published Western European studies is required for comparison.The proposed study is multidisciplinary (analysis of nutritional and lifestyle habits) and multi-annual: data collection, analysis and dissemination of the results will be completed within 24 months.
Methods Age groups:
55 and up in decade intervals, gender related.
Comparison of urban and rural population.
Comparison of home living elderly and nursing home residents.

The implementation strategy is a simple, feasible three phase evaluation process:
I. (Months 1-5): meta-analysis of existing data from the Member States representing the present European level, as basis for further selection of comparative data in the „new" European regions.
II.(Months 6-13): collection of published and unpublished data in each applicant country according to the criteria set in phase I.
III. (Months 14-20 and 21-24, dissemination): comparative evaluation of data from phase I. and II.. Evaluation of country/region-specific differences and deficiencies. Country/region specific recommendations for improvement and for further studies.

The method implies collecting and critically reviewing existing data about the most common parameters used for the assessment of nutritional status and lifestyle of the elderly:
nutritional data: nutritional status, dietary habits, energy and nutrient intake
lifestyle parameters: data on physical activity, cognitive function, self reported quality of life
related parameters: anthropometric data, life expectancy, mortality and morbidity data, (especially cardiovascular diseases)