The GoIndependent project started 2017 and the second phase started 2019. Feasibility of different technologies and approaches was evaluated in the first phase and showed for example

  • Addition of xanthan to food for those suffering from swallowing disorders enhances safe swallowing.
  • Stronger taste and aroma adjusted to seniors’ impaired teste and smell improved liking and can thus increase food intake.
  • The possibility of 3D printing complex food shapes from homogenized food ingredients was demonstrated, but the consistency and nutritional density needs to be improved.
  • Physical and oral exercises combined with textured, munchy food had a remarkably positive effect on muscle strength, oral functions, and nutritional intake in an intervention study in Japan.

Phase 2 of the project will focus on

  • munchy and soft munchy foods for retained oral function of healthy seniors
  • soft food for seniors with incipient frailty, for safer swallowing and increased taste and aroma adopted to the impaired senses of the seniors.
  • automated home-3D printing for personalized food including new ingredient supply systems
  • increased frail and pre-frail senior intake of protein and total energy combined with increased physical activity.
  • a permanent autonomic frail prevention program by community dwelling older adults in Japan, and new exercise programs for pre-frail seniors to be combined with the increased protein and energy intake.
  • New sensors for monitoring of physical activity and swallowing and eating.
3D printing at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo