A Happy Meal: Casual Eateries May Provide Cognitive Benefits for Older Adults

August 18, 2020

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Presented by Michigan News

U-M Institute for Social Research Survey Research Center postdoctoral research fellow and lead author Jessica Finlay discusses the relationship between fast food restaurants and positive cognitive health in older adults, similar to marriage. Finlay explains how these fast food eateries provide a sense of familiarity and comfort as well as a place to socialize with friends, family, staff, and more. Although fast food typically has a negative connotation with cognitive health, the spaces in general have an importance beyond physical health as they are both physically and economically accessible.

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