ERIC Number: ED086940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Reference Count: 0
Continuing Education for the Aging.
This paper develops the thesis that high morale among older people; i.e., a state of cheerfulness, confidence, and zeal; is achieved through intellectual, social and physical involvement in experiences which are meaningful because they are personally satisfying and socially relevant. It is assumed without further elaboration that high morale is the major goal all gerontologists seek to achieve. The major premise upon which the thesis rests is that the criteria for evaluating the personal and societal consequences of involvement are rooted in the value system of prevailing culture. A corollary to this premise postulated that such value systems are capable of modification in the presence of identifiable, manipulatable forces. Except for a brief preview of major value determinants affecting older people in our contemporary culture, the major thrust of this paper is devoted to the formulation of operational concepts which, hopefully, will prove useful to "geronto-minsters" and "geronto-leaders" in the formulation of strategies necessary to achieve high morale among the people they serve. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Univ., Kingston.
Note: Paper presented at the Advanced Seminar on Aging, New England Ctr. for Continuing Education, 5 May 1970, Kingston, Rhode Island