To be a good food provider: an exploratory study among spouses of persons with Alzheimer's disease

Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2010 Sep;25(6):521-6. doi: 10.1177/1533317510377171. Epub 2010 Aug 19.


Large proportions of people with dementia live at home and need help from a relative. The aim of the current study was to examine how people living with persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD) perceived everyday life aspects of food choices, cooking, and food-related work. The analyses are based on focus group interviews including women and men acting as caregivers to people with AD and living in Sweden. The main results identified from the data, were how cohabitants to persons with AD struggle with either taking on a new role as a food provider or extending it, but also how they tried to cope as carer, which entailed food being an important part of the treatment of the disease. Those expressing greatest concern were those perceiving themselves as inexperienced food providers and carers, which in this study were all men.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / diet therapy*
  • Alzheimer Disease / psychology
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Elder Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Spouses / psychology*
  • Sweden