Agency of Older Adults in the Food Justice Movement
Join us for the first Gilbrea seminar of the 2023-2024 year by Andrew Sweetnam.
October 3rd 2023 at 2:30-3:30pm ET
Co-Hosted with the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster
Watch on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOxZ4XqQWjw
Andrew is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Health, Aging & Society. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Kinesiology with a specialization in Biomechanics. After applying his research knowledge in community settings, he discovered the cultural significance and importance of food to health and well-being. Andrew‘s doctoral research looks to examine the contribution of the lived experience of older adults facing food insecurity in advancing social change and informing policy development at the intersection of age, food and well-being.
This research project aims to provide evidence-based recommendations to build the agency and engagement of older adults within the context of the food justice movement, which currently overlooks age-related concerns. Using a qualitative case study design, this research is aimed at better understanding the perspectives of older adults who are experiencing rising rates of food insecurity. The study findings will be used to inform programs and policies emerging from the food justice movement, thereby empowering older adults and providing opportunities for greater agency. Working collaboratively with community food organizations who are well positioned to act as a lever in the democratizing of food, this work will help to advocate for improved quality of care for older adults by working towards food justice for all.
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