We all grow old it’s unavoidable. It’s the natural progression linked with every living organism. For humans, as we age the body slows down and simple tasks we once performed with ease become more of a challenge than it was before.
It would be fair to say, that as we become elderly it takes longer to eat our meals, and the process of chewing to break down food is one of the biggest hurdles we have to face. Here’s the good news regarding growing old and difficulty of meal times and it has to do with 3D printed food.
At an elderly nursing home, in Germany, they now have a 3D printed food program that creates meals to make swallowing easy and avoid any chance at choking for its residents.
The technology of 3D printing has advanced at a fast rate and it is already successful at printing food. With recent studies revealing that 1-in-5 elderly persons suffer from a condition called Dysphagia, it makes sense to turn to printed food. Dysphagia is a serious condition causing problems when attempting to swallow; the food enters the lungs, instead of the stomach due to the larynx not closing properly.
This is why 3D printed food is being introduced into nursing homes in Germany. Health officials are looking at ways of making meal times more pleasant for those involved.
Using 3D food printers to create meals is a great way to ensure the food can be swallowed with ease, and travel to the stomach, not into the lungs. The food is printed through specialized nozzles on the 3D printer , the food produced is in puree, but has form like the image above. Now, it may not sound appetizing to you, but for these elderly folks it is life changing.
The introduction of 3D printed food into German nursing homes is a step in the right direction, making an effort to better services currently available for most senior citizens. This is the best possible way to provide it for those who have difficulty swallowing and digesting. We all deserve high quality food at any age.