Outcomes of a trial of an age-friendly dining initiative: Dining Co

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Abstract

Objectives: With the rise of age-friendly cities and communities, increasing attention is being paid to coproducing age-friendly guidelines with older people and community stakeholders. Little is known however about age-friendly guidelines for dining establishments. Methods: A three-stage study to develop general and contextualised requirements for an age-friendly dining experience was conducted in the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia. The first stage involved older people in co-designing aspects of an age-friendly dining experience. Subsequently, the second and third stage coproduced, trialed and evaluated age-friendly initiatives with two dining venues. Results: Through co-design, seven domains of an age-friendly dining experience were identified (Menu, Affordability, Dementia Awareness, Venue, Feeling Welcome, Special Offerings and Assistance), alongside an overarching desire for a ‘meaningful’ dining experience. Differences in health and socioeconomic status of diners underpinned the differences needed to ensure an age-friendly dining experience and highlight the importance of contextualisation for the local population. The trial demonstrated positive outcomes for both older diners and venues. Discussion: The environment, value and logistics of dining out are important to older people when making choices about dining in the community. The elements of an age-friendly dining experience presented in this study are a useful starting point for contextualisation to other local settings.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
Early online date1 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • aged
  • cities
  • environment design
  • healthy aging
  • social environment
  • social inclusion

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