Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Home Economics

First Advisor

Wayne Johnson


Nationally, the elderly know fewer facts about nutrition as compared to younger people (41). Senior citizens have relatively poor diets and many are at nutritional risk. The Congregate Meals Program (CMP) provides one low-cost meal a day, five days a week for participants over 60 years of age and their spouses. The meal is to provide one-third of the RDA for the elderly. Based on these generalities, the questions investigated in three eastern South Dakota nutrition sites, with this research are: 1) What is the contribution of the CMP in the total dietary pattern of participants as recorded on a 24-hour dietary recall? 2) What basic knowledge and practices do senior citizens have about nutrition, as measured by a questionnaire? 3) How is their knowledge level about nutrition changed by three lessons in nutrition? 4) What effects do age, education, and other demographic factors have on nutrition knowledge as measured on a pretest and post test? 5) Do those who took the pretest and post test differ from those who took only the pretest on characteristics measured by a questionnaire? 6) Is the level of nutrition knowledge reflected in their dietary pattern? 7) How do CMP attendance, age, education, living situation, sex, and health affect nutrient intake.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Older people -- Nutrition
Nutrition -- Study and Teaching




South Dakota State University