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Problems With Preparing Food Reported by Frail Older Women Living Alone at Home

Porter, Eileen J. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/

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.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Corresponding author: Eileen J. Porter, PhD, RN, S424 MU Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211 (e-mail:

This research was funded by NIH/NINR 5 R29 NR04364-02, awarded to Dr Eileen J. Porter.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.