ERIC Number: ED338979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-1
The Senior Center Site for Geriatric Residency: Evaluation of a Model Program between the North Shore Senior Center and Evanston Hospital.
Huyck, Margaret Hellie
This report analyzes a program designed to help educate physicians at the residency level in ways of understanding and treating older adults in a context broader than an acute or chronic care setting. The program involves the collaboration between a well-established multi-purpose senior center and a multi-purpose community hospital affiliated with a major medical school and teaching hospital. Program goals included: (1) increased understanding of the psychosocial aspects of health and illness behaviors among the elderly; (2) enhanced appreciation of the concerns and burdens for those caring for elderly patients; (3) developing appropriate communication skills for older patients and their families; and (4) awareness of community resources available to support health among older persons. In all, 11 residents, 9 attending mentors, and 11 social workers and nurses participated in the program during the evaluation period and all were interviewed for the evaluation. Attitudes toward geriatric practice were assessed. The findings suggest that the idea is excellent and the program can be strengthened. Every component of the existing program was regarded as contributing significantly to the program goals, and participants identified a wide range of modifications which would help the program function more effectively. Most of the professionals were willing to learn about geriatric medicine and to treat older people, but they did not wish to be limited to geriatric practice as it is currently defined. The interview forms are attached. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.; North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, IL.
Authoring Institution: Gerontological Society of America.