This European 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.
The main idea of the PERFORMANCE project is to develop and validate a holistic, personalised food supply chain for frail elderly persons living either in nursing homes, ambient assisted living facilities or at home (visited by nursing services) facing swallowing and/or masticating problems.
The supply “chain” in this case will resemble a loop, with the elderly consumers forming the initial link (providing info on personal preference and needs) as well as the final link (consumption of the personalised food). As a result of the PERFORMANCE project, an overall concept will be available which allows the automated manufacture and supply of personalised, specially textured food for frail and elderly people.
The key question is: “How can personalised nutrition contribute to improving the health of frail elderly people facing swallowing and/or masticating problems and dignified aging in their sunset years?”
The following parties are involved in this European Project: Biozoon GmbH, RTD Services e.U., De Grood Innovations BV, Femto Engineering S.R.L., Marfo BV, Denkstatt GmbH, Sanalogic GmbH, Roth & Rau BV, TNO, Teknologisk Institut, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf and Università di Pisa
To answer this question, the PERFORMANCE concept will cover the whole supply chain from the food producer to the ready-to-eat meal at point of consumption – whether nursing home or at home. Focus will be put on personalised food for people with mastication and swallowing problems.