Health and quality of life in an aging population - Food and beyond

Davide Giacalone*, Karin Wendin, Stefanie Kremer, Michael Bom Frøst, Wender L.P. Bredie, Viktoria Olsson, Marie H. Otto, Signe Skjoldborg, Ulla Lindberg, Einar Risvik

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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 is 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
Pages (from-to)166-170
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventEuroSense 2014: A Sense of Life ; 6th European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research -
Duration: 7 Sep 201410 Sep 2014


  • Elderly nutrition
  • Healthy aging
  • Older consumers
  • Sarcopenia
  • Sensory and consumer science
  • Societal changes

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