Nutritional challenges for older adults in Europe: current status and future directions

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dc.contributor.author Kehoe, Laura
dc.contributor.author Walton, Janette
dc.contributor.author Flynn, Albert
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-06T12:22:21Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-06T12:22:21Z
dc.date.issued 2019-01-30
dc.identifier.citation Kehoe, L., Walton, J. and Flynn, A. (2019) 'Nutritional challenges for older adults in Europe: current status and future directions', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, pp. 1-13. doi:10.1017/S0029665118002744 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 13 en
dc.identifier.issn 0029-6651
dc.identifier.issn 1475-2719
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7449
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0029665118002744
dc.description.abstract Population ageing is rapidly progressing and it is estimated that by 2050 one in every five people globally will be aged 60 years or over. Research has shown that adequate nutritional status can positively impact the ageing process, resulting in improved quality of life and the prevention of chronic disease and mortality. However, due to physiological and social changes associated with ageing, older adults may be at increased risk of nutrient deficiencies. This review aims to investigate the nutrient intake and status of older adults in Europe and to explore the potential role of fortified foods and nutritional supplements in addressing some of the nutritional challenges identified in this population group. The available literature has highlighted unfavourable intakes of total and saturated fat, sugar, salt and dietary fibre together with low intakes and suboptimal status of key micronutrients such as vitamins D, B2, B12, folate and calcium. Evidence has shown that the consumption of fortified foods and use of nutritional supplements make significant contributions to intakes and status of these micronutrients in older adults. Continued monitoring of nutrient intake and status is important in light of changing fortification practices and food consumption patterns. Future strategies to address the nutritional issues identified in older adults could include the promotion of healthy food choices together with improvements of the food supply including reformulation (fat, sugar and salt), food fortification or supplementation to support successful ageing of our populations. en
dc.description.uri https://www.nutritionsociety.org/events/irish-section-conference-2018-targeted-approaches-tackling-current-nutritional-issues en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Nutrition Society en
dc.relation.ispartof The Nutrition Society Irish Section Conference 2018: Targeted approaches to tackling current nutritional issues
dc.rights © 2019, the Authors. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Nutrition Society. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. en
dc.subject Nutrient adequacy en
dc.subject Diet quality en
dc.subject Older adults en
dc.subject Fortification en
dc.subject Supplementation en
dc.subject Adequate intake en
dc.subject Dietary folate equivalent en
dc.subject Dietary reference value en
dc.subject Estimated average requirement en
dc.subject European Food Safety Authority en
dc.subject Nordic Nutrition Recommendation en
dc.subject Population reference intake en
dc.subject Recommended intake en
dc.subject Reference nutrient intake en
dc.subject UK Department of Health en
dc.subject UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey en
dc.subject UK Scientific Committee on Nutrition en
dc.title Nutritional challenges for older adults in Europe: current status and future directions en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Laura Kehoe, Dept Of Food & Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: laura.kehoe@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2020-01-30
dc.date.updated 2019-02-06T11:58:25Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 472578435
dc.contributor.funder Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Proceedings of the Nutrition Society en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress laura.kehoe@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress janette.walton@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress a.flynn@ucc.ie en
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