ERIC Number: ED229563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Project Senior. Innovations in Educational Programming for the Elderly. A Pilot Project: Thermopolis, Wyoming. [Final Report].
A pilot project, entitled Project Senior, was developed and implemented to provide innovative educational programing for older adults in the small rural setting of Thermopolis, Wyoming. Included among the major project activities were the following: a door-to-door survey of 759 persons over 55 years old to determine those courses most desired by the residents of Hot Springs County in Wyoming; presentation of 47 courses dealing with areas such as fire prevention, insurance and estate planning, exercise, hobbies and crafts, nutrition, health maintenance, and coping; provision of services for isolated, home-bound senior citizens; efforts to eliminate the myths of aging; and a campaign to promote interagency cooperation regarding funding and non-duplication of services to senior citizens. While Bible study classes were the most commonly requested programs on the survey, they were the least successful courses offered. The most successful courses, as determined by attendance, were health-oriented or community-concern courses such as Cult Awareness, Rape Prevention, Aerobics, Watercise, and Heart Disease. Project Senior has been a successful attempt to help isolated senior citizens develop life-coping skills and to develop an awareness of the myths of aging. Appended to the report are course outlines and descriptions, the door-to-door survey, and staff training models. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Agency Cooperation, Aging (Individuals), Coping, Course Descriptions, Daily Living Skills, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Home Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Nontraditional Education, Older Adults, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, Rural Areas, Student Educational Objectives, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wyoming State Dept. of Education, Cheyenne.
Authoring Institution: Hot Springs School District 9, Thermopolis, WY.
Identifiers: Project Senior; Wyoming; 310 Project
Note: Prepared by the Dept. of Adult Education and Community Services. Some pages are marginally legible.