Technology to Improve Elderly Nutrition: An Approach From Social Science

Technology to Improve Elderly Nutrition: An Approach From Social Science

Borja Rivero Jiménez (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain), David Conde Caballero (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain), Beatriz Muñoz González (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain) and Lorenzo Mariano Juarez (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1937-0.ch008

Abstract

The ageing of the population is one of the main emerging problems for this century. Knowledge and understanding of the food ideologies and practices of this adult population is a vital issue in health policies and interventions. With the traditional tools and assumptions of ethnographic fieldwork, the research is oriented towards a series of objectives in order to complete the limited knowledge on these issues. Through some of the categories that emerge from the fieldwork, the authors analyze the ideology, practices, and representations on food in the adult population and try to propose some spaces from where technology can work on solutions.
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Objectives And Method

  • 1.

    Our research sets a series of objectives that aim to broaden the knowledge on the above mentioned topics. From articulated approaches on the impact of culture, the objectives we set ourselves are the following:

    • a.

      To know the nutritional situation of the elderly population in rural areas.

    • b.

      Describe cultural food practices and their association with ideologies, representations, supply and availability systems, economic issues and other elements that build food security in the areas of study.

    • c.

      To relate technological innovation with the findings of our empirical research, both at the level of production or analysis and in the evaluation of the proposed theoretical models.

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