Preventing malnutrition among elderly citizens
A conference on health and malnutrition among elderly citizens were organised in Central Denmark in October 2019. The conference was funded as part of the Science meets Regions pilot project with a grant from the Joint Research Center under the European Commission.
The event was focused around undernutrition in elderly citizens, and was a first step to create awareness among politicians at regional and municipal level. During the event there were presentations, debates and break-out sessions. The break-out sessions ended up with 8 main recommendations from the conference:
a) An intervention study with focus on sector transitions, education and follow-up research.
b) Public awareness and information on nutritional recommendations for older people, based on regulatory requirements.
c) Mapping of knowledge, competences and possible scaling opportunities, as well as reconciliation of information between sectors and departments.
d) Policy requirements for nutrition screening and –intake.
e) Legislative requirements for a nutrition plan upon discharge from hospital.
f) Prioritise nutrition as part of the treatment, and recognise that screening and nutrition plan is a professional task.
g) General practitioners need to do nutritional screening, to help with early detection and prevention.
h) Nutrition screening is a must and the responsibility for screening and treatment must be clear.
The conference was organised in collaboration with the City of Aarhus and the Central Denmark EU Office. International partners included Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences from Vest Finland, the Region Östergötland EU Office from Östergötland in Sweden, Region Food Valley from Holland and Wageningen Nutrition and Healthcare Alliance from Holland.
The conference had three overall objectives:
1) To support a closer dialogue between regional and municipal politicians, and researchers in the field, and in this way support political decisions based on evidence
2) To kick-off a closer collaboration between regional and local authorities, universities, the private sector and patient and elderly organisations, as well as international partners
3) To develop new and innovative approaches and solutions in the field of malnutrition among elderly people, with a special focus on synergies between health and nutrition.
Read more about science meet regions on its web-page.