A comparison of eating practices of independently living older adults in private residences and in senior retirement housing: A pilot study

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Barbara Jensen

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Abstract

This study investigated eating-related habits and their importance in older people and compared those living in private residences with those in senior retirement community housing. A convenience sample of 58 seniors answered eating-related items from the Self-maintenance Habits and Preferences in Elderly questionnaire (SHAPE). Meal location, companions, concurrent activities, portion size, and food variety differed between private and retirement housing for some meals, but the overall importance assigned to eating practices was similar. The meals themselves appeared to be more important than any specific socio-environmental element. Eating practices associated with dinner were more important than those for the other meals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-407
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Nutrition for the Elderly
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Eating environment
  • Eating habits
  • Meal practices
  • Older adults
  • Retirement housing
  • Snacking

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