Older Adults’ Perspectives on Transitions in the Kitchen

Ramsamy-Iranah, S. D.; Maguire, M.; Peace, S. and Pooneeth, V. (2021). Older Adults’ Perspectives on Transitions in the Kitchen. Journal of Aging and Environment, 35(2) pp. 207–224.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/26892618.2020.1834052


A study was conducted among 30 older adults in Mauritius about the use kitchens. They were interviewed firstly about the kitchens they had experienced in the past, and secondly to discuss and demonstrate their current kitchen and how easily they could use it. It was found that while some of the participants had age-related disabilities, they were all doing their best to cope with kitchen tasks. However, many were found to be attached to traditional equipment rather than newer labour-saving products. The study shows that there is a need to for a more inclusive approach to kitchen design to make life easier for this group of people. There is also a requirement to promote the benefits of modern kitchen gadgets as allowing them to live independently for longer.

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