The nutrition knowledge of older adults living in sheltered housing accommodation

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58261
Title:
The nutrition knowledge of older adults living in sheltered housing accommodation
Authors:
Moynihan, P. J. (Paula); Mulvaney, C. E. (Charlotte); Adamson, A. J. (Ashley); Seal, C. J. (Christopher); Steen, N. I. (Nick); Mathers, J. C. (John); Zohoori, F. V. (Fatemeh Vida)
Affiliation:
Newcastle University. School of Dental Sciences; Newcastle University. Human Nutrition Research Centre. Faculty of Medical Sciences; Newcastle University. School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development; Newcastle University. School of Population and Health Sciences.
Citation:
Moynihan, P. J. et al. (2007) 'The nutrition knowledge of older adults living in sheltered housing accommodation', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 20 (5), pp.446-458.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Issue Date:
Aug-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58261
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-277X.2007.00808.x
Abstract:
Background: Nutrition knowledge enables informed dietary choices. This paper reports on the nutrition knowledge of older adults residing in sheltered housing accommodation in socially deprived areas of north-east England. Method: As part of a cluster randomized dietary intervention trial, a validated questionnaire measured the knowledge of current dietary recommendations, nutrient sources, ability to select healthy meal options and knowledge of associations between diet and diseases of older adults aged 60 years and over residing in sheltered accommodation. Results: Completed questionnaires were obtained from 177 (59%) subjects (147 female, 30 male), of whom 76% were overweight/obese and 2% underweight. The mean (SD) age was 76.4 (8.0) years. Of a possible score of 47, the mean score was 23.2, indicating that approximately 50% of questions were answered incorrectly. Knowledge of associations between diet and diseases was particularly poor; 90% of subjects being unaware of the benefits of high fruit and vegetable consumption. Respondents in the highest 10% of the nutrition knowledge score had a significantly higher intake of fruit and vegetables compared with those in the lowest 10%. Conclusion: A high proportion of older adults had little basic nutrition knowledge; this presents a barrier to healthier eating that should be addressed.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
balance of good health; low income; nutrition knowledge; older adults; sheltered housing accommodation
ISSN:
1365-277X
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 21/12/09]
Citation Count:
2 [Scopus, 21/12/09]

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dc.contributor.authorMoynihan, P. J. (Paula)-
dc.contributor.authorMulvaney, C. E. (Charlotte)-
dc.contributor.authorAdamson, A. J. (Ashley)-
dc.contributor.authorSeal, C. J. (Christopher)-
dc.contributor.authorSteen, N. I. (Nick)-
dc.contributor.authorMathers, J. C. (John)-
dc.contributor.authorZohoori, F. V. (Fatemeh Vida)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:47:24Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:47:24Z-
dc.date.issued2007-08-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics; 20 (5): 446-458-
dc.identifier.issn1365-277X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-277X.2007.00808.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58261-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Nutrition knowledge enables informed dietary choices. This paper reports on the nutrition knowledge of older adults residing in sheltered housing accommodation in socially deprived areas of north-east England. Method: As part of a cluster randomized dietary intervention trial, a validated questionnaire measured the knowledge of current dietary recommendations, nutrient sources, ability to select healthy meal options and knowledge of associations between diet and diseases of older adults aged 60 years and over residing in sheltered accommodation. Results: Completed questionnaires were obtained from 177 (59%) subjects (147 female, 30 male), of whom 76% were overweight/obese and 2% underweight. The mean (SD) age was 76.4 (8.0) years. Of a possible score of 47, the mean score was 23.2, indicating that approximately 50% of questions were answered incorrectly. Knowledge of associations between diet and diseases was particularly poor; 90% of subjects being unaware of the benefits of high fruit and vegetable consumption. Respondents in the highest 10% of the nutrition knowledge score had a significantly higher intake of fruit and vegetables compared with those in the lowest 10%. Conclusion: A high proportion of older adults had little basic nutrition knowledge; this presents a barrier to healthier eating that should be addressed.-
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell-
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 21/12/09]-
dc.subjectbalance of good health-
dc.subjectlow income-
dc.subjectnutrition knowledge-
dc.subjectolder adults-
dc.subjectsheltered housing accommodation-
dc.titleThe nutrition knowledge of older adults living in sheltered housing accommodation-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentNewcastle University. School of Dental Sciences; Newcastle University. Human Nutrition Research Centre. Faculty of Medical Sciences; Newcastle University. School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development; Newcastle University. School of Population and Health Sciences.-
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount2 [Scopus, 21/12/09]-
or.citation.harvardMoynihan, P. J. et al. (2007) 'The nutrition knowledge of older adults living in sheltered housing accommodation', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 20 (5), pp.446-458.-
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