Innovation is the lifeblood of the food industry and is essential to ensure profitability and survival. Momentum are excited to commence a new two year project under the ERASMUS+ programme, Innovating Food for Seniors.
Together with partners from Germany, UK, Lithuania and Spain we will develop learning resources for food companies to innovate and commercialise nutrient-enriched foods for our aging population. Europe is home to the oldest population in the world, with one in four of all Europeans aged 60 and over. We are greying rapidly –the proportions of elderly aged over 65 will rise to 30% and those aged 80 + will more than double from 5% to 12% in Europe by 2060 (National Institute on Aging, 2011).
However, The Center for the Future of Aging at Milken Institute contends we are unprepared to confront the greying of population, encouraging us to consider not only challenges [increasing need for long term health care services] but draws attention to the opportunities that increasing longevity can spur economic growth – “our Aging Population Can Be An Economic Powerhouse”.
A John Hopkins report noted that in 2015, 40-60% of over 65’s admitted to hospitals suffered from malnutrition. The food industry needs to respond; however, it is considered a sector with low research intensity.
Together with our partners, Munster University of Applied Sciences, University Of Nottingham Food Innovation Centre, Lithuanian Innovation Centre, Ageing Social Lab, Spain, European E-learning Institute, Momentum will provide an open source training programme for VET SMEs in the commercialisation of nutrient-enriched foods for the elderly.
From November 2020 , a two year project plan will see us
- Inspire 500+ food VET educators & SMEs to adopt best practice innovations through a unique Good Practice Guide On Drivers And Enablers For Innovation Of Food For Seniors
- Prime 500 + SMEs to Assess Their Innovation Readiness and a learning path
- Develop VET resources for 300 educators to enhance critical Innovation and Entrepreneurial Skills that help companies respond to the increasing demand for new food products and services within the Silver Economy. Increase the recognition of the role of VET education in achieving market led product & innovation training for food SMEs in the EU
- Provide direct access for 1,000 learners to pedagogically suitable flexible Online Training Resource
- Guarantee quality & responsiveness to needs through robust pilot testing with target group users
- Align our work with important strategic needs & EU innovation policy
Project website is under development on www.innovatingfoodforseniors.eu
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