DETERMINATION OF HEDONIC HUNGER IN THE ELDERLY: CASE OF TURKEY
Author(s): Pelin Uymaz
*, Ceren Sarahman Kahraman
and Nurcan Yabanci Ayhan
Purpose: This study aimed to determine hedonic hunger and affactin factors in Turkish elderly people. Design and Methods: A cross-sectional research data collected face-to-face from 65 year and older 669 elderlies live in Alanya with ≥ 25 SMMSE score. Findings: MNA showed that 60.9% of men and 50.1% of women had normal nutritional status. Nutritional habits, physical activities, existing chronic diseases and medications of the elderly may affect their hedonic which increase the consumption quantity and tendency to delicious food with high fat, sugar and energy, and excite chronic diseases. Practice Implications: Nurses who detect malnutrition in the elderly need to refer the elderly to the relevant physician and dietitian in order to investigate the risk factors and take the necessary precautions, and they must exhibit a multidisciplinary solution approach. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 22(9), November 2021: 1-11.