The ageing process causes a decline in the sense of smell and taste, in appetite and in memory. There is also a drop in muscle mass and strength. Researchers from Wageningen are examining the link between nutrients, eating habits and ageing processes in order to preserve vitality in elderly people.
They discovered that fragile senior citizens, who eat more dairy products for breakfast and train their muscles, function better. The researchers saw improvements in their ability to stand up, their walking pace and their balance, all of which reduce the risk of falling. Their reaction speed also improved. Another way in which Wageningen UR is helping to improve the quality of life.