The Center for Gastrology wants to improve the health and wellbeing of the growing group of elderly people by innovative gastrological solutions and a new culinary approach of food in healthcare.

                This approach, originated in Belgium (Flanders), brings back the pleasure of eating with tasty and nutritious meals in home care, care homes and hospitals and offers a global unique solution to non illness related undernutrition.

                Chefs and professional food workers in healthcare are trained in gastro sciences and engineering. Their skills cope with the individual preferences and needs of elderly people.

                The Center cooperates with food producing SMEs, industry associations and Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) covering food quality, safety, security and sustainability in the whole food chain.


This video was selected by the European Commission in the loop of videos at the European Summit on Innovation for Active & Healthy Ageing in Brussels, March 2015

Also tested on Humans - February 4, 2015

The VRT, the Flemish public broadcast, focused the 4th of February 2015 on undernutrition in elderly citizens on “één”, the largest television channel. The reportage has been broadcasted in the programme 'Ook Getest op Mensen' ('Also tested on Humans'), a weekly programme that focuses on the different aspects of the human body and on health issues. The programme received several awards for the level of objectivity and innovativeness.

Ageing often goes hand in hand with the loss of appetite. Can seniors gain more appetite by the technique of tastesteering? Tastesteering is a component of the gastrologic approach to food in healthcare and the Primary Food Care Level in the Action Pyramid of the Nutrition Group in EIP on AHA (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing).

Three seniors were asked to evaluate two meals, which were prepared differently according to olfactory loss.