Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Clinical Nutrition

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Whitney Bignell

Committee Members

Michelle Lee, Lisa Dunkley


The growing older adult population has led to increased ageist tendencies among younger generations. Previous research suggests that ageism is associated with cognitive and physical decline among older adults. This mixed-methods research project examined changes in ageist perceptions among graduate student facilitators and undergraduate nutrition ambassadors after participating in a training that included information about healthy aging, addressing ageism, and communicating with older adults. Results from a secondary data analysis of pre-test/post-test data and thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with facilitators of Socially Nutritious, a virtual nutrition education program for older adults, indicate that ageist perceptions decreased after the training, which was supported by positive experiences with intergenerational communication articulated by graduate student facilitators in the interviews. Training to address ageism and develop a positive perception of aging and intergenerational experiences sharing knowledge about foods and nutrition may decrease ageist beliefs among young adults.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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