Appetite change in older adults
Poor appetite is common in older age, affecting an estimated 15-30% of older adults. Understanding the causes of poor appetite is important because it may lead to lower food consumption and changes in diet and result in weight loss and muscle loss. However, appetite is not routinely assessed. Research suggests a range of influences may be important, for example illness and medication, but understanding is limited. Importantly, there are few treatment options at present.
The AGE research group at Newcastle University is part of a new European consortium: APPETITE. The aim of its research is to gain detailed insights into the characteristics and preferences of community-dwelling older adults who have poor appetite and to develop new approaches to support older adults whose appetite is poor. The research being carried out in Newcastle is to support the first phase of the project: we will interview older adults with poor appetite to gain insights into their experiences of appetite decline.
We would like to invite people over the age of 60 who have poor appetite.
What will I be asked to do?
We are interested in finding out about appetite change in older adults. To do this, we are inviting you to complete a short online questionnaire that will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. You will be asked to provide your details, including name, age and telephone/email address and you will be asked four questions about your appetite. We will analyse the anonymised questionnaire data to understand how common poor appetite is.
Following completion of the questionnaire, the researcher may invite you to take part in a one-to-one interview to explore in-depth the factors associated with poor/declining appetite. The interview may last approximately 30-60 minutes.
When and where?
The questionnaire can be completed online anytime until 29th October 2021. If you are contacted about your taking part in the interview, this will take place online at a time and date that is convenient for you.
Will I get anything for taking part?
Travel expenses will be reimbursed for any face to face meetings.
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