The UK’s ageing demographic brings social and economic challenges, particularly related to the healthcare of the growing older population. Research gaps have been identified in ‘active and healthy ageing’, and nutrition has been highlighted as critical in its contribution to older adults’ health and wellbeing.
Physiological, psychosocial, and economic changes that may accompany ageing, can influence food choice and act as barriers to a healthy diet in later life. Given the role of nutrition in healthy ageing and the growing older population, this PhD looks to better understand the food choice and dietary intake of older adults (living independently in the community).
Using a mixed methods approach, the work will look to inform effective strategies to improve diet and nutrition in later life. Existing national datasets will be used to investigate older adults’ dietary intake and food choice behaviour. Qualitative data will be collected and analysed to explore older adults’ perceptions, perspectives and practices relating to their food choice and dietary behaviour.
This project is open to self-financing students and may be eligible for funding through University or external research bodies.