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The number of elderly people in the EU is growing rapidly and will increase even more1. Elderly are prone to an inadequate nutritional status and are therefore at risk to suffer from malnutrition2. Employees from different sectors need specialized training to acquire (new) skills. Based on the input from all partners, exchange of best practices and cross-sectoral discussions, the project aims at establishing a handbook and e-learning units developed and tailored specifically for catering/ delivery services, staff in the food industry and health care for elderly. In close cooperation with all partners, the training concepts were developed, tested and evaluated.

1 Eurostat (2015). Online data codes. Accessed at December 2015, at


Specific outcomes

A handbook, movies and e-learning modules about elderly nutrition which are applicable in different settings (food industry, health care, catering services, higher education e.g. nutrition and dietetics) and who are available in different languages (Dutch, German, French, Bulgarian).

On the long run, the developed materials can contribute to better educated and skilled workers in all target groups. VET-institutions (Vocational and Training Institutions) and organizations involved in our target group can be inspired by the new teaching methodology and could be triggered to work on this topic based on the provided tools. This will result in professionals with acquired skills adapted to the needs of the labour market. With the ultimate goal of offering food for the elderly and preventing and treating malnutrition.


Van den Broeck Lien1, Denys Elke1, Kurpiers Sabine2, Leerlooijer Joanne3, Maes Capucine4,

Mollabekir Sevdzhan5, Petrousheva Zoya5, Poucin-Gesquiere Camille4,

Riethmüller Helmut2, Rooijackers Teuni3, Schutyser Ellen1, Slavyanska Viara6, Tieland Michael3,

Wartel Pauline4

  1. Research center Agro- & Biotechnology (nutrition) and Health care innovation, VIVES University College, Belgium
  2. Forum Berufsbildung, Berlin, Germany
  3. Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
  4. Eurasanté, Lille, France
  5. Municipal Enterprise European Policies and Coordination of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  6. University of Agribusiness and Rural Development, Bulgaria



VIVES University College, Belgium

Ellen Schutyser (Bruges)
Lien Van den Broeck (Roeselare)

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