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aging, food preparation, functional impairment, gerontology, nutritional risk, older women



  1. Porter, Eileen J. PhD, RN


Although nutritional risk is a critical health concern for older persons, there are few data about day-to-day problems with nutrition-related tasks. Such data were reported by 18 frail women during a longitudinal descriptive phenomenological study of the home care experience. Six problems were understood as elements of the life-world of older women, including having trouble figuring out what to fix, having trouble getting the food cooked right, and struggling with moving and standing while cooking. The results suggest topics for research and underscore the need for partnership between frail older women and helpers relative to food preparation.