ERIC Number: ED312375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb-10
Reference Count: N/A
Well Elderly Integrated Training Project. Final Report.
Summit-Portage Area Health Education Network, Akron, OH.
The Well Elderly Integrated Training Project was conceptualized as a service-oriented endeavor with an evaluation component. The project required that a university medical school resource faculty develop an integrated training program and materials on health education (wellness) for trainers who were respected, healthy elderly high in the senior citizen social structure, possibly retired health practitioners. Each trainer was to be assisted by at least one co-trainer (college student). The project required the development of training materials, the training of the trainers and co-trainers, and the implementation of the project. Implementation involved assessing 170 respondents; with this information, resource faculty developed integrated care plans that elderly participants followed by working with trainers and co-trainers. A group of 88 participants and 82 persons in a control group were evaluated using the Personal Lifestyle Survey, which investigated daily living, psychosocial, developmental, and nutritional activities. The experimental group was found to be significantly higher on all the factors than the control group after 6 weeks, and the experimentals had also lost more weight. One of the most important results of the project was the finding that the experimental group significantly increased on the measure of locus of control. The project concluded that there is strong reason to continue to explore wellness training for the elderly. (Following the project report, substantial appendices provide project proposal details, database documentation, an 84-page training manual with information on training of trainers and co-trainers, the Personal Lifestyle Survey form, and descriptive statistics.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Summit-Portage Area Health Education Network, Akron, OH.
Note: For a related document, see ED 310 286.