- Nutrition is vital to patients and elderly citizens in generel, but the challenge with undernutrition lacks in the public health debate, stated Chairman of the Hospital Commitee in Central Denmark Region Henrik Gottlieb Hansen at the political hearing on the topic "Undernutrition in elderly patients and citizens - an invisible problem" Thursday evening at Aarhus University Hospital. 


Politicians met experts and scientist regaring undernutrition in elderly patients and citizens. Foto: Central Denmark Region

Nutrition specialists from hospitals and Aarhus Municipality presented some of their knowledge on the topic and the presentations were followed by a cross-sectorial and political debate and dialogue.  

- We have to think of food and nutrition as prevention, and we have to work properly cross the sectors. But we must not forget the social aspect of nutrition and gaining appetite. It may have a negative effect on appetite and nutrition if the elderly eat alone, said Henrik Gottlieb Hansen. 

Read more about the meeting (in Danish - link) 

Find two of the presentations from the hearing (link) 

The meeting was a forerunner of the Science Meets Regions conference "Undernutrition in elderly citizens" at Aarhus University October 29th 2019.