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International Study of Food Centered Occupations in Elderly Women


The purpose of this research project is to describe the experience and meaning in elderly women of preparing annual celebratory foods.  The research team is investigating these occupations in three countries:  in the United States (Kentucky) and New Zealand, the preparations for Christmas are studied; in Thailand, the celebration of Songkran (the Thai New Year).

Rituals and Traditions

Food Centered Occupation



History of the Project

At the onset, the researchers performed separate cultural analyses.  But as the research unfolded, the team decided to compare and contrast across cultures.  The history of the project is therefore marked by several meetings of the team members for all sites:  Stockholm, 2002, Chiang Mai 2005, Kentucky 2005, and Sydney 2006.

Related Documents

  • Notes on Methods and Themes
  • List of Publications

More Research on this Population

  • Custodial Grandmothering
  • Occupational Therapy and the Homeless

Research Team Members

Clare Hocking and Valerie Wright-St. Clair
Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Doris Pierce and Anne Shordike, EKU
Wannip Bunrayong, Soisuda
Vittayakorn and Phuanjai Rattakorn,
Chiang Mai University, Chiangmai, Thailand

Contact Information
Doris Pierce
Endowed Chair in Occupational Therapy
(859) 622-6302

2007 - EKU-Occupational Therapy Research Center<br />

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