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.