ERIC Number: ED205771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Establishing an Opportunity for Compensated Activities Center for the Elderly. The Development and Implementation of a Center to Place Elders into Working Positions (Work Again Project).
Southeast Missouri State Univ., Cape Girardeau.
The Work Again Project entailed development and implementation of a center to place adults aged 58 and above into a variety of paid and volunteer positions, investigation of the effect of such placement on the self-image of participants, and education of the community as to the working needs of older adults. A project staff consisting of five part-time employees recruited and processed a total of 2,883 people aged 58 and older. Training programs, classes, and workshops were developed around the needs and interests of project participants to facilitate their involvement or work placement. In all, 104 participants (89 percent of those seeking employment) were placed into paying jobs, 39 were placed in volunteer programs, 273 were placed in crafts or related projects, and 2,449 participated in such social activities as films, dancing, bingo, and musical programs. While the Tennessee Self Concept Scale indicated only a small change in the self-image of project participants, subjective evaluation affirmed the project's beneficial effect on those participating in it. The community awareness phase of the project involved a coordinated effort using several media forms. The project was considered extremely successful. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Community Attitudes, Continuing Education, Educational Needs, Followup Studies, Handicrafts, Individual Needs, Job Placement, Job Training, Models, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Participant Characteristics, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Recreational Activities, Recruitment, Self Concept, Student Recruitment, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Missouri State Dept. of Education, Jefferson City. Research Coordinating Unit.
Authoring Institution: Southeast Missouri State Univ., Cape Girardeau.
Identifiers: Missouri; Tennessee Self Concept Scale; Work Again Project