Europe’s population is getting older and older. As a result, healthy and active aging has become an important mission for many local and international prevention programmes. About 30 percent of Europe’s population will be over 65 by 2050, an increase of 14 percent compared to 2004.
Current studies show that older people in European countries are affected by poor nutrition and malnutrition, in particular. These deficits lead to an increase in the susceptibility to secondary diseases, such as cognitive deficits or higher infection rates. This goes hand-in-hand with an increased need in care and re-admissions to acute hospitals.
Important measures and targets of projects in the field of senior catering in community catering institutions, mobile services and community catering, as well as for pensioners living at home, are to teach them to enjoy their food and drink, ensure an appropriate calorie and nutrient intake, avoid malnutrition, provide target-specific information and communications measures, help maintain well-being, health and fitness, as well as a high quality of life into old age.