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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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KUWAE, Christiane Ayumi; CARVALHO, Maria Claudia da Veiga Soares; PRADO, Shirley Donizete  e  FERREIRA, Francisco Romão. Conceptions of healthy nourishment among elderly persons attending the University of the Third Age at UERJ: nutrition, body and daily living guidelines. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2015, vol.18, n.3, pp.621-630. ISSN 1981-2256.

The aim of the present study was to describe a range of comprehensive analyzes of conceptions of healthy nourishment among a group of elderly persons. Nourishment represents a complex overlapping of the biological and the cultural spheres, and as a result ideas of healthy nourishment are defined by both social and psychological guidelines. This study is a selection of analyzes of the conceptions of healthy nourishment of elderly persons attending the University of the Third Age, performed via a qualitative ethnographic approach based on the direct observation of nutrition classes for the elderly. The group displayed a conception of healthy nourishment related to growing old with as few limitations as possible, or in other words, with better health conditions, that allowed the possibility of a range of life experiences. The elderly persons considered healthy food to be "that which doesn't make one ill", as they understood that not all types of food were good for them, that the older body cannot withstand excess eating and that diseases result in dietary restrictions. There was a perception of the difference between body limitations (internal rule) and medical recommendations (external rule). At the same time, practicality was also a determinant in the eating habits of the elderly persons who, in keeping with the pace of modern life "did not have time to waste". There was a consensus among the group that learning about nutrition was necessary in later life, in order to find a balance between scientific knowledge relating to a longer life, the demands of the modern world, the aging of the body and the pleasures of eating.

Palavras-chave : Healthy Eating; Culture; Nourishment/Feeding Behavior; Aging; Health of the Elderly.

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