Integrated approaches and the role of nutritional literacy for a healthy ageing symposium

The symposium entitled “Integrated approaches and the role of nutritional literacy for a healthy ageing” has been accepted by the Scientific Committee of the 12th Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), that will held in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 5th to the 7th of October 2016.

The symposium will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Amélia P. Rauter (Centro de Química e Bioquímica, Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa), coordinator of the PERSSILAA Portuguese team. The invited speakers are the following:

Prof. Dr. Miriam Vollenbroek (University Twente, Telemedicine group, Enschede, The Netherlands) who will present the new service model to screen for and prevent frailty in community dwelling older adults, developed by the PERsonalised ICT Supported Service for Independent Living and Active Ageing (PERSSILAA) ( project;

Dr. Helena Soares da Cost (Research and Development Unit, Department of Food and Nutrition, National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge, I.P), who will present the innovative website, created  by PERSSILAA Portuguese team to be a major platform for the transfer of scientific knowledge into advice to the general public, and integrated also in the PERSSILAA platform. An overview of the website three main sections on healthy eating, recipes and videos, and vegetable gardens will be performed and the information will be briefly explained, paying a particular attention to the nutrition literacy offered in the section “Healthy eating”.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Hartmann (Universtät des Saarlandes, Areas of Neurology and Psychiatry), who will discuss about the contribution of diet and medical food for the prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia. Dietary components identified to positively interfere with the disease process reducing disease progression will be identified and the successful trials of the three major European studies (FINGER, MAPT and LipiDiDiet) will be reviewed and discussed the potential and limitations of those approaches.


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