ERIC Number: ED217351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Movement Plus: Issues in the Institutionalization of an Activity Program for Seniors.
This document presents an attempt to evaluate the benefits of Movement Plus, a program of physical recreation for elderly persons, designed to address the social, biological, and psychological dimensions of aging. The setting for the evaluation is described as a home for the aged which housed 96 elderly women. Research problems involved in studying the effects of Movement Plus are discussed. Other activities available to residents of the home are mentioned and the problem of resident participation is considered, particularly in terms of sporadic attendance and fluctuations in quality of performance both among participants and for individual participants on different days. A review of attitudes toward the Movement Plus program of both staff and residents is provided, suggesting that most viewed the program as merely an agreeable time-filler. Although research needed to properly evaluate the effects of Movement Plus was not conducted, findings from this less formal evaluation are presented which reveal issues to be considered in the introduction and maintenance of activity programs in geriatric institutions. Several of these issues (attendance, enthusiasm, attitudes, sponsorship, individualization of activities, defining goals) are discussed in detail. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Care Services, Inc., Toronto, (Ontario).
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).