The Restorative Qualities of an Activity-Based, Third Place Cafe for Seniors: Restoration, Social Support, and Place Attachment at Mather's - More Than a Cafe

M.S. Rosenbaum, Jill Sweeney, C. Windhorst

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Abstract

This article highlights the restorative qualities of an actual café that represents a “hybrid third place.” Similar to third places, the café studied in this work offers its customers food, beverages, and opportunities to participate in social activities. By drawing upon attention restoration theory (ART), the authors show that the café’s built environment, or servicescape, features the three stimuli that are required to facilitate personal restoration and promote relief from symptoms associated with mental fatigue. The authors also explore how social activities and social integration promote customer restoration and investigate how perceived restorativeness is related to commercial social support, place attachment, and customer health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-90
JournalSeniors Housing & Care Journal
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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