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ERIC Number: ED215215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Open Forum for Senior Citizens of the Northern Kentucky Area. Project Evaluation.
Wallace, H. Lew; Adams, Michael
The humanities professors of Northern Kentucky University conducted a series of four forums to bring together representative senior citizens, community leaders, political leaders, and educators of the Northern Kentucky area for a series of discussions focusing on the question of whether public agencies fairly serve senior citizens or merely offer them charity condescendingly disguised as services. At the same time, the project tested the thesis that senior citizens do not wish to be mere recipients of special programs, but to be participants in and contributors to programs that shape and design the later years of their lives. The forums were found to be successful in forming a relationship between the professors and the senior citizens, and in gathering input from the seniors. The senior citizens seemed pleased to be asked to participate, and expressed their opinions and needs freely. In turn, the local politicians and social service agencies provided thoughtful information and sincere interest, although they cautioned that senior citizens were just one of their many concerns and that they could not find immediate solutions to the seniors' problems. They encouraged the senior citizens to organize for more effective representation and problem solving. Overall, the project appeared to have been successful in bringing the groups together, although better publicity efforts are needed to increase attendance at such meetings. It also became clear through the project that the public as a whole needs to be informed about the problems of senior citizens. Finally, the concept of using humanities professors was found to be a good one, with the professors able to participate as learners and not just experts. It was recommended that the University's involvement with senior citizens be continued and expanded. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kentucky (North)