Undernutrition management and the role of protein-enriched meals for older adults

Promovendus Canan Ziylan
Promotor CPGM (Lisette) de Groot
Copromotor A (Annemien) Haveman-Nies
Stefanie Kremer
Organisatie Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research

vr 9 december 2016 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen


Throughout ageing, it becomes difficult to consume sufficient protein to prevent protein energy undernutrition. Finding solutions to assist older adults in reaching optimal protein intake is necessary. This thesis describes our efforts to increase protein intake of older adults by using protein-enriched meals.

By first asking both professionals and older adults about the requirements for such meals, we aimed to stay close to the needs and preferences of older adults who are at risk of undernutrition. Using this knowledge, we then developed protein-enriched meals, which turned out to be highly liked by our elderly participants and indeed led to a higher protein intake. These promising findings indicated that we achieved a good match between older adults’ needs and preferences regarding protein intake. Still, we propose three necessary conditions to successfully manage undernutrition: address awareness in both older adults and professionals, facilitate continuous collaboration between professionals, and offer protein-enriched products expediently.