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Eating at the Evergreen Seniors' Centre Community Restaurant

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Title: Eating at the Evergreen Seniors' Centre Community Restaurant
Author: LaMarre, Andrea; Stehouwer, Lindsey; Harrison, Barbara
Abstract: Previous research has shown the nutritional benefits of eating in a group setting in older adulthood; however, no research has focused on the social benefits. As such, this study was motivated by the lack of research into the social benefits of community dining for older adults. This research investigated the social experience of community dining for older adults at the Evergreen Seniors’ Community Centre. This is a hub for older adults in the Guelph community providing services and activities, including a restaurant. 55 Surveys and 13 interviews were undertaken with members of this Centre regarding their experiences at its restaurant. Results from the survey identified key reasons for eating at the restaurant including: affordability, convenience, enjoying the food, the welcoming atmosphere and eating with friends. Results from the interviews identified the restaurant was a key factor for the participants’ social life, as it provided a warm and friendly environment where they could build social networks. Participants described the food quality positively, especially the value for their money and they expressed mixed results on how well the restaurant catered to their dietary needs. Overall, the restaurant could be improved by: extending the hours, paying more attention to customer dietary needs, and more creative advertising for menus.
Description: Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10382
Date: 2017-03-01


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