A contextual identification of home-living older adults' positive mealtime practices: A honeycomb model as a framework for joyful aging and the importance of social factors

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In this study, we outlined contextual identifications within positive mealtime practices among home-living older adults in Denmark. We aimed to understand and facilitate optimal dietary intake and to promote well-being for older adults who live at home. We used data from 22 participants, who wrote diary entries and took photos of their meal experiences over a 6-day period. We followed this with in-depth interviews, using the photos as mediators within a photo-elicitation framework. The results revealed that social factors play a major role in positive mealtime practices and that the types of commensal eating vary based on the contextual setting. Furthermore, we found that, in the new generation of older adults, some men have extremely good cooking skills and are interested in contextual food matters. Meeting older adults' needs for adequate nutrition requires in-depth knowledge, including a complex understanding of individual preferences and contextual everyday practices.
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In this study, we outlined contextual identifications within positive mealtime practices among home-living older adults in Denmark. We aimed to understand and facilitate optimal dietary intake and to promote well-being for older adults who live at home. We used data from 22 participants, who wrote diary entries and took photos of their meal experiences over a 6-day period. We followed this with in-depth interviews, using the photos as mediators within a photo-elicitation framework. The results revealed that social factors play a major role in positive mealtime practices and that the types of commensal eating vary based on the contextual setting. Furthermore, we found that, in the new generation of older adults, some men have extremely good cooking skills and are interested in contextual food matters. Meeting older adults' needs for adequate nutrition requires in-depth knowledge, including a complex understanding of individual preferences and contextual everyday practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAppetite
Volume129
Pages (from-to)125-134
ISSN0195-6663
DOI
StatePublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
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