Survey in Europe on Nutrition and the Elderly, a Concerted Action (SENECA)

SENECA is a European multicenter-study, involving 12 countries, with the aim of examining elder people’s dietary and nutritional status together with their physical function and health. The first examinations were carried out in 1989 and two follow-up studies in 1993 and 1999. The participants were 70-75 years old at baseline.

The Danish center in Roskilde have participated in all three examinations. The prospective design makes it possible to study the influence of dietary factors on disease development and the physical and mental condition of the elderly.

Baseline data

Dietary information was collected at baseline by means of national dietary history interviews and comprehensive questionnaires concerning socio-economic status, physical activity, lifestyle and health and physical measurements.

Follow-up data

In 1993, the dietary information from the dietary-history interviews was harmonizered in all European centres and data on physical function tests were added to the database.

Dietary tinformation

Dietary history interview: 3500 persons (Danish data: 750 so far)
Age: 70-75 years old