Recognizing the gravity of the problem, Nutricia and the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) have a shared goal of enabling people to age in good health. This International Day of Older Persons (1 October), we are issuing a joint call to action for leaders across society to break preconceived, ageist notions of what it means to grow older and promote investment in nutrition as part of integrated care systems to enable people to age in good health.
One of our key focus areas is nutrition, a powerful tool in addressing some of the conditions associated with aging. Good nutritional care can also contribute towards the long-term sustainability and affordability of healthcare. In fact, medical nutrition has been found to achieve 12% average cost saving compared to standard care across a broad range of patient groups3.
Together with the GCOA, we want to ensure medical nutrition is recognised as a key lever to support intrinsic capacity* and functional ability. To help achieve this, we call for systems-wide reforms to include nutrition as part of integrated healthcare provision, to improve health for all as we age.