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older adults, health, eating habits


Older adults are at a significant risk for malnutrition – even when they reside in a setting where their meals are provided for them. Due to a variety of factors, eating and cooking can lose their appeal with increased age. This project is the first stage in developing a creative way to encourage more positive eating habits and better nutrition among older adults. Can a connection between favourite food smells and positive memories improve eating habits among older adults? This pilot project seeks to answer some preliminary questions about preferences for food smells, the memories associated with those aromas, and whether exposure to foods that emit these smells impacts mood.


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Roggeveen, A., Spadafora, P., Olson, M., Leveque, A., & Keeping, L. (2010). Smemories: The Relationship Between Smells and Memories for Adults 60+ - Report Series # 19. [Report]. Oakville: Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC).

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