ERIC Number: ED346310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Teleconferencing as a Medium for Improving the Quality of Life of the Frail Elderly.
Swindell, Rick; And Others
Two studies were carried out in 1991-92 in Brisbane, Australia on the effects on frail elderly people of cognitive challenge by teleconference. In the first study, 20 residents of aged care centers watched specified programs on television. Later, they discussed the content over the telephone using conference link equipment. The study found that the technology must not interfere with the program; that the frail elderly participants should not have to turn on a program at a specific time, but should have readings or tapes that they can use at will; and that the substance of the program should be varied in order to appeal to as many people as possible. In the second study, the program content was specifically developed for the participants, 18 randomly selected frail elderly people who were all living independently in their own homes. Teleconferencing was used to provide the content, as well as for discussion. All participants stayed in the program through 144 participatory hours; results suggested that teleconferenced programs, along with an increase in social contact, can improve the quality of life for the frail homebound elderly. Includes 23 references and 6 appendices containing: participant and staff questionnaires; a participant health status report and a program of activities for the second study; and a description of the "University of the Third Age" (U3A), a higher education format designed to remove most institutional impediments to participation by the aged. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Griffith Univ., Nathan, Queensland (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia