Importance of satisfaction with food for older adults’ quality of life

Jihye Jeong, Sunhee Seo

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Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships among satisfaction with food-related life (SWFL), perceived foodservice quality, and quality of life for older adults. Design/methodology/approach-A survey done using face-to-face interviews of older adults residing in long-term care facilities. A total of 238 older adults participated in this study. Findings-The results showed that perceived foodservice quality had a strong association with SWFL; SWFL had a significant positive association with quality of life; perceived foodservice quality positively related to quality of life. Increased SWFL would improve quality of older adults. Research limitations/implications-This study has limitations related to convenience sample. Different sampling could help with generalization of results. Practical implications-Foodservice managers in long-term care facilitates should try to maximize food and service qualities for residents because improving food and service quality improves their quality of life. For example, offering a variety of menus to allow older adults to enjoy food and improve their SWFL. Originality/value-This study emphasized that food was important to older adults and helped determine quality of life for them. SWFL was rarely empirically examined in the previous research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1276-1290
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Food Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - 29 Jul 2014

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  • Food quality
  • Older adults
  • Quality of life
  • Satisfaction with food-related life
  • Service quality

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