Lori Breeden, EdD, OTR; Alesandra Planera, MOT, OTR; Lauren Kirchner, MOT, OTR; Samantha Asencio, MOT, OTR; Matthew Branden, MOT, OTR; Evan Dunlap, MOT, OTR; Alex Robinson, MOT, OTR; Samantha Stevens, MOT, OTR; Sally Wasmuth, PhD, OTR
Background: A community experiencing gentrification created challenges for older adults and their ability to access food. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine barriers and facilitators perceived by three urban-dwelling older adults during their grocery shopping experiences.
Methods: The researchers conducted photo-elicitation supported interviews to gather information on grocery shopping from three older adults attending a local senior center. Photo-elicited interviews were conducted, and the thematic analysis examined the participants’ perspectives on their experiences.
Results: Thematic analysis revealed the participants’ experiences in a changing landscape. In the categories of community resources, transportation, and the store, analysis revealed the following themes: encountering obstacles, becoming frustrated, and identifying strategies and facilitators. These themes represent a process for older adults whereby they adapt to obtain their needed or desired items when shopping for groceries.
Conclusion: In a community facing urban renewal and gentrification, older adults encountered obstacles and adapted in ways that were productive but not always safe or supportive of good health. This study illustrates the adaptive (or maladaptive) strategies of the participants who are managing change in their community. Advocating for affordable transportation in communities and modifying grocery store layout can support the older adult shoppers.
Breeden, L. E., Planera, A., Kirchner, L., Asencio, S., Branden, M., Dunlap, E., Robinson, A., Stevens, S., & Wasmuth, S. (2019). Older Adults and Photo-Elicited Perspectives on Shopping for Groceries in a Changing Community. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1458