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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Logsdon, Kathleen Petty
URN etd-10222009-124932
Title An exploratory analysis of the restaurant dining patterns of older adults
Degree Master of Science
Department Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Khan, Mahmood A. Committee Chair
Taper, L. Janette Committee Member
Tse, Eliza C. Y. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Restaurants
Date of Defense 1991-12-05
Availability restricted
Abstract

The main objective of this study was to describe the restaurant dining patterns of a representative random sample of adults 65 years of age and older and to evaluate the impact that their health concerns and special diets have on their restaurant dining patterns. In addition, the specific features of food service products and services that are important to aged individuals when selecting a restaurant were examined.

The phrase 'dining patterns' refers to both food intake (the specific foods consumed) and individual consumption patterns (time, frequency, location of meals, and dining companions). Four different measures were used to quantify food intake: (1) entree items most often selected; (2) preferred method of preparation; (3) frequency of dessert purchases; and (4) type of dessert most often selected. Consumption patterns were quantified as: (1) type of restaurant patronized for each meal period; (2) frequency of restaurant visits per meal period; (3) dollar value of purchases per meal period; and (4) restaurant dining companions.

A mail survey of 1000 adults age 65 and older, was conducted in order to obtain information about the restaurant menu selections and consumption patterns of aged individuals living in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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