Fundació ACE collaborates with Fundación Alícia in the I Professional Conference on Nutrition for a Healthy Aging
Fundació ACE participated in the I Professional Food Conference on Nutrition for Healthy Aging, organized on September 21st and 22nd by Alícia Foundation, offering different lectures on nutrition and cognitive impairment, based on its more than 25 years of experience in the treatment and diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementias.
Dr. Boada, medical head of Fundació ACE, lead the session "Feeding and Cognitive Degeneration, Evidence and Experience in the Real World" on September 21st, in which she talked about nutrition problems among the elderly. Poor or inadequate nutrition is common in older people, causing deficits in essential nutritional principles such as water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and mineral salts. These deficits, together with the chronic pathologies and polypharmacy to which this age group is subject, increase hospitalizations, create a public health problem and decrease their life expectancy.
There are many factors that can contribute to poor nutrition in older people, especially economic and socio-family, but it is the progressive aging of the population and cognitive deficits what complicates the situation, causing these people have no enough capacity to maintain a good nutritional health.
In addition, the neurologist Carla Abdelnour, coordinator of the research in robotics and social technology at Fundació ACE, participated on September 22 at the round table "Smart Cities and new technologies" in which she talked about the use of new technologies to help cooking at home. Her contribution was mainly focused on the experience gained through the RAMCIP project (Robotic Assistant for MCI Patients). This project, coordinated by Fundació ACE and funded by the European Commission, has studied and developed a home care robot for elderly people with mild cognitive impairment with the aim of maintaining their autonomy and quality of life for as long as possible.
In this sense, RAMCIP approaches the creation of domestic environments assisted by robots that help people in a mild phase of dementia in significant aspects of everyday life, such as cooking, eating, taking medication, dressing or doing some household chores. As a result, it is possible to prevent dehydration and malnutrition, as well as reduce mortality and the number of hospitalizations, among others.
The I Professional Conference on Nutrition for a Healthy Aging included lectures by a large number of experts from different fields, which addressed issues such as habits and consumption trends of this population group, current innovation in products for seniors or support and aid to autonomy.