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Healthy ageing : how changes in sensory physiology, sensory psychology and socio-cognitive factors influence food choice.

Objective

To determine the degree and nature of changes, which occur during ageing, in the physiological capability of the senses which are used to perceive texture, other mouthfeel stimuli, odour and taste, and determine the influence of these changes in food perception
To understand the functioning of sensory memory and its role in food perception
To determine the influence of changes in sensory capability on food appreciation, and food intake in different situations
To provide information on the impact of sensory physiological ageing on choice of food
To understand the attitudes of elderly people with respect to issues relating to food choice, and how these may affect their behaviour
To understand the provisioning of food with respect to elderly people, and how this impinges on food choice
To determine the special needs of elderly people with respect to factors such as packaging, portion sizes, ease of preparation, pricing, social context, etc.
To establish the relative importance of sensory quality as a choice criterion versus other criteria, such as price, healthiness, branding etc.
To understand demographic and cross-cultural differences, both qualitatively and quantitatively, with respect to the issues raised above
To determine the difference between needs of full and part-time resident elderly people in a Mediterranean country
To identify improvements that can be made to food products to increase their acceptability
To provide guidelines to inform policy makers, the food industry and consumer groups who support the elderly on ways to develop and promote new food products that are both attractive and nutritionally tailored to older people
To contribute to the health and well-being of the rapidly growing population of ageing people in Europe


POSSIBLE APPLICATION

The project will:
meet the aspirations of the consumer by providing the scientific basis for foods which will promote well-being
contribute knowledge, which will be essential in realising the potential socio-economic benefits of promoting health through food
provide a basis for developing food and nutritional policies within the EU, also in relation to the ageing population
provide knowledge of physiological constraints, knowledge of changes in sensory perception and the value of sensory product attributes which will contribute to the targeting of commercial and public efforts to promote improved dietary intakes, health status and quality of life among EU consumers
provide knowledge of the fundamental physiological factors which make foods appeal to the consumer which can be used to prepare healthy eating advice by Health Policy Makers, which can be used effectively to sustain the EU population into old age
Improve understanding of the factors, which determine consumer preferences and acceptance of 'healthy' foods developed with new technologies
Create a forum for co-operation between food industry, sensory and cognitive scientists and nutritionists.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road, Presentation Buildings
30 Cork
Ireland

Participants (20)

ADRIANT
France
Address
Rue Pierre Adolphe Bobierre Atlanpole - Site De L
44073 Nantes
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA AGROALIMENTARIA
Spain
Address
S/n,c/ Benjamin Franklin 5-11, Valencia Parque Tecnolo
46980 Campamento/paterna
BESTFOODS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH & CO.OHG
Germany
Address
Knorrstrasse 1
74074 Heilbronn
BIOTECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Denmark
Address
Holbergsvej 10
6000 Kolding
CAMPDEN AND CHORLEYWOOD FOOD RESEARCH ASSOCIATION GROUP
United Kingdom
Address
--,Station Road
GL556LD Chipping Campden,glouste
GERMAN INSTITUTE OF HUMAN NUTRITION
Germany
Address
Arthur-scheunert-allee 114-116
14558 Bergholz-rehbruecke
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
147 Rue De L'université
75341 Paris
LEATHERHEAD INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Randalls Road
KT22 7RY Leatherhead
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Gipsy Lane Headington Oxford Brookes University
OX3 0BP Oxford
SWEDISH INSTITUTE FOR FOOD RESEARCH AND BIOTECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
Address
Frans Perssons Vaeg 6
402 29 Goeteborg
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Tietotie 2
02044 Espoo
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN HEREINAFTER TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Trinity College
2 Dublin
THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Denmark
Address
30,Rolighedsvej 30
1958 Frederisksberg
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Av. Ramiro De Maeztu 7 S/n
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Baldiri Reixac S/n
08028 Barcelona
UNIVERSITE CLAUDE BERNARD LYON 1
France
Address
Boulevard Du 11 Novembre 1918, 43
69622 Villeurbanne
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Finland
Address
Yliopistonkatu 4
00014 Helsinki
WAGENINGEN CENTRE FOR FOOD SCIENCES
Netherlands
Address
Diedenweg 20
6700 AN Wageningen
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Costerweg 50
Wageningen
WARSAW AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Poland
Address
Nowoursynowska 166
02787 Warszawa