We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Background and rationale
Demographic ageing is a key societal and economic challenge in Europe. Supporting active and healthy ageing is important to enable individuals to continue contributing to society as they grow older, improve their quality of life and to reduce unsustainable pressure on health systems.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC), as the European Commission's in-house science service, has started activities in the areas of nutrition, ageing and public health. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of nutrition in ageing, to encourage more focus towards diet and nutrition in policymaking to protect our older citizens, and to support the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing1.
The recent Council conclusions on nutrition and physical activity recognise the important issue of malnutrition in the elderly, and that the nutritional requirements for the elderly need further attention. Despite the mounting scientific evidence to support adequate nutrition and active and healthy ageing (AHA), targeted, age-specific and up-to-date dietary recommendations for older adults in Europe are hard to find.
This feasibility study aims to identify whether there is a need for dietary recommendations targeting older Europeans, or alternative strategies to promote better diet to prevent malnutrition in the elderly.
Objectives of the workshop