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Food and ageing policy

A case study of the shifting role of food in Danish ageing policy, 1930–1960
WithTenna Jensen

This chapter investigates how food became one of the core elements in present-day European policy on ageing. The analysis builds on a case study of Danish historical sources. Through a study of Danish ageing policy, it uncovers political and scientific perceptions of food for older people during the build-up and development of the Scandinavian welfare state. In doing so, it provides insights into how shifts in perceptions of the health of older people significantly altered the importance and role of food in Denmark between 1930 and 1960.