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The dietary perceptions and practices among community-dwelling elderly

Zainudin, Norain and Hamirudin, Aliza Haslinda and A. Rahman, Nor Azlina and Sidek, Suriati (2017) The dietary perceptions and practices among community-dwelling elderly. In: 1st Southeast Asia Public Health Nutrition (SEA-PHN) Conference In conjunction with Nutrition Society of Malaysia 32nd Annual Scientific Conference, 14th-17th May 2017, Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur.

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The elderly population is increasing worldwide including Malaysia. This projected growth in the elderly population has the potential to place significant burdens on healthcare services. Ensuring adequate nutrition needs and proper intake of elderly is crucial for the maintenance of health, functional independence and quality of life. Thus,a deeper understanding of elderly views on dietary practices are greatly needed. The purpose of this study was to gain an insight into perceptions of community-dwelling Malaysian elderly on their dietary practices by using qualitative research method. A qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews among twenty one individual aged 60 years and above which were recruited from felda settlements around Kuantan, Pahang. Thematic analysis was performed on transcriptions of audio-recorded interviews and was assisted using the NVivo software. The interviews ceased when data saturation was achieved. Thematic analysis revealed five themes that represent elderly dietary practices. These included:1) Impact of aging on meal pattern; 2) Decreased food intake associated with physiological changes; 3)Influence of health condition on food intake; 4) Healthfulness of certain foods influence dietary intake and 5)Social factors influenced dietary practices. Results of this study provide better view on community-dwelling elderly challenges for the maintenance of good nutritional health. It is pivotal to pay attention to the individual problems and the associated factors that may influence their dietary practices in order to provide action for achieving the good nutritional status.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech/Talk)
Additional Information: 5037/59597
Uncontrolled Keywords: community-dwelling elderly, dietary
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM216 Diet Therapy. Clinical Nutrition
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Nutrition Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Physical Rehabilitation Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Aliza Haslinda Hamirudin
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 15:59
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 15:59
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/59597

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