Senior Nutrition

“Today, for the first time in history, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. A longer life represents an important opportunity. Additional years provide the chance to pursue new activities such as further education or a long neglected passion, while continuing to make valuable contributions to family and community. Yet the extent of these opportunities depends heavily on one factor: health”. (WHO, 10 facts on aging and health).

Nutrition is one of the most important factors contributing to people’s health status. It is of specific importance to the elderly as nutritional needs change when getting older. E.g. seniors need to eat more high quality protein to prevent sarcopenia.

What is sarcopenia?

Muscle mass builds from birth until the age of 30, but within your thirties muscles mass already starts to decline. The cause is sarcopenia, age related muscle loss.

Sarcopenia is a syndrome characterized by progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength and it is strictly correlated with functional decline, loss of independence, poor quality of life and death. Risk factors for sarcopenia include age, gender and level of physical activity. A first step in the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia is adequate nutrition with a specific emphasis on total protein intake, quality of protein and equal distribution of protein intake over the course of the day.

* Martial Dangin, Yves Boirie, Christelle Guillet, Bernard Beaufrère, Influence of the Protein Digestion Rate on Protein Turnover in Young and Elderly Subjects, The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 132, Issue 10, October 2002, Pages 3228S–3233S,

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