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Baby boomers' desires for future health and food services

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Abstract:

Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to identify food and health services desired by baby boomers and to examine their likely antecedents. Design/methodology/approach ‐ A random sample of baby boomers in Victoria, Australia (n=1,108) completed a postal survey and rated the desirability of 13 post retirement food and health services. Findings ‐ The strongest demand was expressed for low cost fruit and vegetables, 24-hour GP services, environmentally friendly foods, and friendly places to meet friends and exercise, among others. Generally, psychographic variables were key predictors of demand for social (health) services, food services, and vitamin pills and herbal remedies. Demand for food services was associated with universalism values. Research limitations/implications ‐ The cross-sectional design prevents causal attributions; however, the findings suggest that baby boomers' demand for services falls into three groups, which are related to their psychographic characteristics. Originality/value ‐ Consideration of these desired services may facilitate the planning of future health and food services for this broad age group.

Keywords: Australia; Baby boomer generation; Food services; Future; Psychographics; Survey

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00346651111170950

Publication date: September 13, 2011

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