ERIC Number: ED243010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
The Development of an Innovative Health Educational Program for the Well Elderly.
Mahoney, Diane Feeney
This paper describes a nurse practitioner directed health center education program for senior citizens in Medford, Massachusetts. The planning process, including needs and location decisions, is defined, and a summary of needs survey data on the population is offered, including health problems (medication problems, lack of exercise, depression, and sleep difficulties), and subjects of interest to potential program participants (general health information, taking medication safely, normal patterns of aging, the body and how it works). The theoretical framework for program direction, incorporating biophysical, psychosocial, and socioeconomic needs, is described, and the educational framework of the program is presented. An accompanying case example from the normal patterns of aging component, focusing on common skin changes, is included. Outreach interventions and monthly community programs are highlighted, focusing on techniques to overcome initial negative reactions to the program. The overall program design concept, as a continuity model contrasted with a variety model, is discussed with an emphasis on the benefits of the continuity model, e.g., familiarity, flexibility, ongoing support. The paper concludes with an evaluation of the health education program and conclusions about its effectiveness. A monthly calendar of program topics, and a listing of health screenings, along with the number of attendees for each, is appended. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (36th, San Francisco, CA, November 17-22, 1983).