Belgium

Ontwikkelen van smaakvolle en nutritioneel aangepaste voeding voor senioren
Action

This year:

  • Interviews and questionnaires in elderly (65+)
  • Interview hostpitals, care homes, primary homecarefacilities (focusgroups)
  • Interview foodcompanies (meals, products, mealcomponentes (focusgroups) List the current situation, problems for every stakeholer, future views.
  • Give an overview of all the gaps in de flowchart (mealcomponent --> senior)
Overview

The consortium exists of both food companies and research institutes. First, a literature review will be conducted. Afterwards both elderly people, food companies and (institutional) caterers will be questioned in order to identify product specifications (e.g. price, packaging). All information will be collected and guidelines will be set up to develop food products adapted to the seniors' needs.

Impact

We’ll provide product specifications. Afterwards, we’ll develop products adapted to elderly people's needs. The offering of these food will both benefit elderly and healthcare workers. Delicious food products with high nutritional value will alter food intake among elderly, which benefits nutritional status and quality of life.

Elderly people with good nutritional status could be longer independent and good nutritionals status shortens time in hospital. This decreases workload for healthcare providers and reduces medical costs.

For more information contact Laura Vanroye.

Still Standing - BOEBS: Blijf Op Eigen Benen Staan
Action

Still Standing is a community project, developed to support the implementation of the Practice guideline for fall prevention in community-dwelling elderly in Flanders. The goal of Still Standing is to prevent falls in community-dwelling older people by stimulating physical activity and creating a safe public and private environment.

Overview

Still Standing is a community project developed by VIGeZ together with the EFF and Flemish Logo’s (Local-regional health consultation and organization) and supported by the Flemish government. The project consists of five steps, where the municipalities are guided to set up a local fall prevention policy. The local government organizes a network, consisting of all local partners in the municipality that work with elderly, who form a project-team. During the organized meetings, this team of partners decides on a local action program existing of a mix of interventions, in consultation with the Logo. This program includes sensibilisation, facilitation and anchoring activities, and activities with links to healthcare. In the following year(s), the team and its partner organizations organize these chosen activities for their community-dwelling elderly or health care professionals. In the final phase, they engage to keep organizing activities (annually), or to sustain changes or activities inside the organization or the municipality, to reduce falls in the future.

Impact