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A Taste of Good Living

The Senior Citizens’ Restaurant

The adjustment from living on one’s own to moving into an assisted living facility is never easy for a senior. But as Hans M. Becker reveals in this important new study, a single additional amenity at a senior home—in this case a restaurant—can drastically improve life for its inhabitants. A restaurant can nurture a senior citizen’s appetite, mind, heart, and soul by creating a space where seniors feel comfortable in their community and among their friends, family, and caregivers. Becker advocates “humanistic care” that starts with the supposition that sharing memories is one of the vital ingredients for a happy and fulfilled old age. The senior citizens’ restaurant provides not only a forum to discuss the past, but means to stimulate memory. Complete with over 250 color photographs, A Taste of Good Living is both a practical guide for care professionals, teachers, volunteers, and family members who are interested in establishing a seniors’ restaurant and a convincing case for the importance of such social centers.    

260 pages | 260 color plates, 1 DVD | 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 | © 2012

Sociology: Social Gerontology

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Table of Contents

Part I  The Senior Citizens’ Restaurant
Foreword State Secretary
1. Cocktails - The dilemma in contemporary elderly care
2. Table Settings - The importance of creating a social network
3. The Appetizer - The Senior Citizens’ Restaurant: source of activation
4. The Starter - Happiness-promoting social networks in organization and neighbourhood
5. The Second Starter - Mobilisation and training of personnel and volunteer workers
6. The First main course - Spaces, ambiance, colour schemes decorations, menus, background music, lighting, furniture and smoker’s rooms
7. The Spoom - The Pros and cons of larger and smaller complexes
8. The Second Main course - Economic aspects: many secondary advantages
9. Grand dessert - Multi-cultural binding aspect of Senior Citizens’ Restaurants
10. The dessert wine - Accents, dissemination of target groups
11. A peep in the kitchen - Research on clients’ appreciation
12. Café complet - Influence on the image of care institutions: "happy mooring places for senior citizens" instead of "deathly misery islands"
Part II  Backgrounds, Philosophy and Reactions
Some of the restaurants "in the picture"
A Humanistic care philosophy
Age-proof living complexes: a real innovation
A vision on volunteer workers
Summary of the yes-culture
Thinkers with a yes-culture: J. Bentham and J.M. Keynes
The Humanitas corporate story
"Hands off not an option": the reminiscence museum
Art of the aged
Singing along
Some menucards and placemats
Reactions on the care philosophy and its effectiveness in practice
Becker’s care philosophy going global
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