The nutritional status of elderly persons is influenced not only by the aging process and health status (physiological and physical disabilities) but also by psychological (e.g. the way food is prepared and consequently consumed) and social-economic factors (available income).
The PERFORMANCE project will represent a great step forward in improving the quality of life of the elderly by offering them a completely new and personalised nutritional concept capable of enhancing their health status and social life. This will be achieved through the development of a master plan for the industrial manufacturing of personalised food products/meals which makes it possible to:
- produce a broad variety of different, personalised meals and food products which consider the needs and preferences of each individual person
- personalise meal composition (e.g. vegetarian, chicken, beef etc.), portion size, nutrient content (e.g. carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, minerals) and texture (softness/hardness and vitamins)
- use personalised packaging with an integrated and unique identification code (for information management), special reusable trays and sealing for individualised heating of the food components of a meal
To summarise, the overall objectives and impact of the project are new processing approaches and tailor-made technologies for the use by small and medium sized (SME) food producers to produce personalised food for the frail elderly European consumer.