This study assessed the effects of high contrast colors in tableware on the level of food intake of women with dementia. A pre-post design was implemented to evaluate the difference in solid food and soup intake when served on red tableware as compared to white tableware. Two groups of participants, n = 4 from Facility 1 and n = 5 from Facility 2, were observed for the study. Results from Facility 1 showed there was no significant difference in food intake (t = 1.98, p = 0.06), while results from Facility 2 showed there was a significant difference (t = -2.80, p = 0.010). The study suggested that high visual contrast between food and tableware could promote food intake in women with dementia. Future studies should include larger sample size and extend data collecting periods to obtain a more conclusive result.
|Advisor:||White, Barbara S.|
|Commitee:||Hyson, Dianne, Lichty, Margaret E.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Womens studies, Aging, Nutrition|
|Keywords:||Alzheimer's, Dementia, Food intake|
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