About the project

New dietary strategies addressing the specific needs of elderly population for a healthy ageing in Europe.
NU-AGE is a large multidisciplinary consortium with 30 partners, from 16 EU countries, involving nutritionists, biogerontologists, immunologists and molecular biologists from the most prestigious institutions in Europe.

Final project leaflet

The purpose of the final project leaflet is to provide a general description of NU‐AGE, the partners involved, the results that the project has achieved at the end, and the next step for further research.

Final Conference Webinars

The webinars of the NU-AGE final conference have been pubblished. Check them out.


Through its research work, NU-AGE will seek to fill the current lack of knowledge on how the whole diet can impact on and counteract age-related disease and functional decline. This will contribute to improved health and quality of life in the ageing population in Europe.

NU-AGE starts by designing a food pyramid for those over 65 years old. This will be developed from food based dietary guidelines, illustrating the proportions of different foods that should be included in a balanced diet. The NU-AGE food pyramid will be designed to meet the nutritional needs of the elderly by emphasising nutrient-density, water, dietary fibre, vitamin D and vitamin B12.

Food Today

After 5 years, the EU-funded project, NU-AGE came to an end, bringing new dietary guidelines for over 65-year-olds. The project greatly explored the socio-economic determinants for food choice among the aging population in Europe. Researchers also worked to determine how a Mediterranean style diet can promote health in the elderly and help to prevent the development of age-related diseases.  


Watch the video presenting the NU-AGE project.


See the NU-AGE publication in Nature, the leading weekly, international scientific journal, founded in 1869. 
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In a podcast interview with EUFIC, NU-AGE coordinator, Professor Claudio Franceschi and the project research manager Dr Aurelia Santoro from the University of Bologna, outline the key aims and objectives of this important research programme.
Listen to the podcast:
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