ERIC Number: ED217316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Elder Program: An Educational Model for Network Building among the Elderly.
Crowe, Ann H.; And Others
This paper describes the Elder Program, a 3 year Model Demonstration Program designed to strengthen neighborhood support systems for older persons through an educational program emphasizing information, resources, and skill development. A discussion of basic assumptions and the theoretical background of the model focuses on the principles of primary prevention, informal support system intervention, community organization, outreach, and older adult education. The process of selection of a neighborhood for participation is explained, recruitment procedures are described, and criteria for selection of both recruiters and participants are given. The 11 groups of 206 participants from 6 neighborhoods who were involved in the program implementation are described and the content of the 8 weekly educational meetings is discussed. Evaluation instruments are listed, evaluation procedures are explained, and preliminary findings are cited. The continuation of groups after the eight program sessions is discussed and participant activities are detailed. A participant's workbook that emphasizes skill development and daily living information is described with the notation that this workbook and a leaders guide are available for replication of the model. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY.
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).