DESCRIBING NUTRITION EDUCATION NEEDS OF OLDER ADULTS AT CONGREGATE MEAL SITES AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS
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Greenlaw, Christal Latrece
ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to identify nutrition education needs and perceptions among older adults in community settings. This investigation used a quantitative questionnaire to describe perceptions among older adults at congregate meal sites. Responses were analyzed using SPSS. Poverty, education and race groups were compared using t-tests. The majority of older adults did not consume enough fluids. Knowledge of hydration, fruit and vegetable recommendations were positively associated with meeting hydration and vegetable recommendations. Low-income and Black older adults reported experience of less social support and greater desire for education in languages other than English. Community dwelling older adults may benefit from educational approaches that address hydration knowledge, and barriers and social support experienced by older adults with incomes below 100% the federal poverty level.
Education; Nutrition; andragogy; community nutrition; nutrition education; older adult; social cognitive theory
Brannon, Patsy Marie; Seguin, Rebecca
Master of Science
dissertation or thesis