Association between satisfaction with state of health and meals, physical condition and food diversity, health behavior, and perceptions of shopping difficulty among older people living alone in Japan

Midori Ishikawa, T. Yokoyama, Y. Takemi, Y. Fukuda, T. Nakaya, K. Kusama, N. Yoshiike, M. Nozue, K. Yoshiba, N. Murayama

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to examine perceptions of shopping difficulty, and the relationships with satisfaction with state of health and meals, physical condition, food diversity and health behavior in older people living alone in Japan. Design: A cross-sectional, multilevel survey was designed. The questionnaire was distributed by mail and self-completed by participants. Setting: The sample was drawn from seven towns and cities across Japan. Participants: A geographic information system was used to select the sample of older people living alone, by proximity to a supermarket. In total, 2,346 older people (827 men and 1,519 women) completed the questionnaire. Measurements: The dependent variable was whether shopping was easy or difficult. A logistic regression analysis was performed, adjusting for age, socioeconomic status and proximity of residence to a supermarket using stepwise variable analyses. Results: The response rate was 67.8%. Overall, 14.5% of men and 21.7% of women considered shopping difficult. The stepwise logistic analysis showed that the factors most strongly related to shopping difficulty were a subjective feeling of poor health (men: OR = 3.01, women: OR = 2.16) and lack of satisfaction with meals (men: OR = 2.82, women: OR = 3.69). Other related physical condition and dietary factors were requiring nursing care (men: OR = 3.69, women: OR = 1.54), a high level of frailty, measured using the frailty index score (women: OR = 0.36) and low food diversity score (men: OR = 1.84, women: OR = 1.36). Conclusion: The study found that older people’s assessment of their shopping difficulty was related to satisfaction aspects, including a subjective feeling of poor health, and lack of satisfaction with meals, as well as physical condition. These have a greater influence on shopping difficulty than income in both sexes, and proximity to a supermarket in women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-520
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Japan
  • Older people
  • food shopping
  • physical condition
  • satisfaction with state of health and meals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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