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The new science of ageing$
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Alan Walker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314660

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314660.001.0001

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Food environments: from home to hospital

Food environments: from home to hospital

(p.155) Five Food environments: from home to hospital
The new science of ageing

Janice L. Thompson

Sheila Peace

Arlene Astell

Paula Moynihan

Alastair Macdonald

Policy Press

This chapter discusses food and nutrition, drawing on four diverse NDA projects with this common theme. It highlights the importance of nutrition to well-being in later life and the danger that malnutrition poses. After a brief description of the projects, the chapter examines four essential issues: biographical experiences with food and their impact in old age; lifestyle including physical, social and family contexts; health and well-being; and the loss of independence. The chapter presents key points into the roles that food plays in old age and clear policy guidance on how to tackle the scourge of under-nutrition.

Keywords:   ageing, malnutrition, old bodies, independence

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