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'I start my day by thinking about what we're going to have for dinner': A qualitative study on approaches to food-related activities among elderly men with somatic diseases
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University.
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 227-234Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of the present study was to address the question of how older men with somatic diseases living in ordinary housing approach the question of food-related activities. Further, any food-related activity adaptations consequent to effects of diseases and of alterred life circumstances were explored. Interviews were conducted with a purposeful sample of 18 co-living and singel-living men, 64-84 years old. They were diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, rhematoid arthritis, or stroke. In the analysis a thematic framework was used. The findings revealed three food-related approaches, namely 'Cooking as a pleasure', describing joy in cooking; 'Cooking as a need', indicating no habit or skills in cooking; and ' Food is served', that is being served meals by a partner. It was found that gender-related roles in particular, but also changed life circumstances, activity limitations, personal interests, and a wish to maintain continuity and independence, affected the men's approaches to these activities. This knowledge may be useful in attempts to facilitate and support food-related activities among elderly men with diseases. Health-care efforts in promoting food-related activities should preferably be individualised in respect to older men's approach to these activities.

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2011. Vol. 25, no 2, p. 227-234
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activities of daily living, adaptation, arthritis rheumatoid, continuity, cookery, gender role, men, limitations of activity, older people, Parkinson disease, qualitative research, stroke
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Nursing Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-13588DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2010.00813.xPubMedID: 20659309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-13588DiVA, id: diva2:358589
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