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ERIC Number: ED347330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Rethinking Adult Agency Programs: Writing Programs for Older Women.
Allen, Annamary Zappia
A senior citizen agency in New York State explored the program development needs of the growing number of older women. Data were collected through telephone surveys of approximately 100 older women randomly selected from lists of present members, former members, and older women who had never been associated with the agency. Respondents were asked their interest in participating in programs addressing health, financial affairs, legal affairs, culture/family traditions, or other topics of choice. Respondents were divided into ages 85 and older, 75-84, 65-74, and 55-64. The study found that women aged 85 and older have no desire to become active participants in any type of program for the elderly. Those aged 75-84 were conservative spenders, would pay only for programs of top quality, and preferred to leave a program with something tangible--a booklet or information packet. This age group preferred expert speakers on "instrumental" topics (such as finance and health) and to socialize while learning through self-directed cassettes or videotapes. Women aged 65-74 were too active and too busy to participate in program development in a leadership role but would attend such programs. They were interested in programs with younger women but not with children. Finally, the 55- to 64-year-old women and their anticipated followers, the aging baby boomers, were already involved in many programs; they were interested in information on caregiving and were expected to continue to be active participants in society. They were able to pay small fees for programs. The study concluded that organizations developing programs for the elderly should be careful not to group them into one category of those over age 55, but to do periodic needs assessments to create programs that will serve this varied clientele. (11 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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