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Author Allen, Wanda E
Title An analysis of participation and satisfaction with Title III meal programs by older adults in rural, suburban, and urban settings
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Descript 101 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 73-03, Section: B, page:
Adviser: Roschelle Heuberger
Thesis (D.H.A.)--Central Michigan University, 2011
The purpose of this study was to conduct an analysis of the variables affecting the participation and satisfaction with Title III meal programs among older adults residing in rural, suburban, and urban settings. The objective was to identify means by which participation and satisfaction could be increased and improved. A total of 548 adults from nineteen congregate meal centers voluntarily completed a questionnaire during a 30-minute interview. In addition, verbal interviews were conducted with the kitchen staff to obtain recipe, serving size and nutritional information for the meal being served in each of the centers. In order to achieve the purpose of this study, the following research questions were explored: "What are the factors (e.g., center's location, center's name, hours of operation, and transportation availablity) affecting participation in congregate meal programs?", "What is the relationship between demographic variables and the participation of older adults in congregate meal programs?", and "Do items served and quality of food affect participation and satisfaction of participants in congregate meal programs?"
Chi-square analysis was conducted: the results suggested that center location and hours of operation significantly affect participation in congregate meal programs. Logistic regression tested for association between program participation and demographic characteristics: the results suggested that only gender (i.e., female) significantly affected the dependent variable. Regression analysis was used to determine whether the variety of foods and the quality of foods affect participation and satisfaction: the results suggested that there is a significant relationship between the participation in congregate meal programs and the type of food offered and the quality of food served. These results suggest that participation and satisfaction of older adults participating in Title III meal programs could be increased and improved by addressing the time the meal is delivered and served, and by offering flexible menus
School code: 6006
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 73-03B
Subject Gerontology
Health Sciences, Aging
Health Sciences, Nutrition
Alt Author Central Michigan University
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