Food Activities and Identity Maintenance Among Community-Living Older Adults: A Grounded Theory Study

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Atwal, A (2015). Food Activities and Identity Maintenance Among Community-Living Older Adults: A Grounded Theory Study. American Journal Occupational Therapy. 69 (6).
AuthorsAtwal, A
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Engaging in food activities and maintaining identity are each important for productive aging. This study explored the role of food activities in identity maintenance among community-living older adults. METHOD: We used a grounded theory approach to analyze data collected in semistructured interviews with 39 predominantly White, British older adults living in West London. RESULTS: Two lifelong food identities-"food lover" and "nonfoodie"-were maintained in the processes of participation and maintenance and threat and compensation. The process change in meaning and identity explained the development of a third food identity-"not bothered"-when participants experienced being alone at the table, deteriorating health, and worry about the cost of food. CONCLUSION: Food activities that are a pleasurable and important part of daily life contribute to the maintenance of important identities and mental well-being in older adults. Copyright © 2015 by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc

Year2015
JournalAmerican Journal Occupational Therapy
Journal citation69 (6)
PublisherLondon South Bank University
ISSN0272-9490
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.016139
Publication dates
Print01 Oct 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Feb 2017
Accepted01 Jul 2015
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CC BY-NC 4.0
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