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Kusmaul, Nancy – Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 2019
In response to needs identified by the Institute of Medicine and the National Association of Social Workers, this article describes an experiential assignment to increase BSW students' skills in end-of-life care. In this assignment, students discussed end-of-life wishes with another, completed an advance directive, and processed their experience.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Bachelors Degrees, Social Work, Experiential Learning
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Fullen, Matthew C. – Professional Counselor, 2018
As the number of older adults increases, it is important to understand how attitudes toward aging influence society, the aging process, and the counseling profession. Ageism--defined as social stigma associated with old age or older people--has deleterious effects on older adults' physical health, psychological well-being, and self-perception. In…
Descriptors: Age Discrimination, Aging (Individuals), Aging Education, Counselor Training
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Chonody, Jill M. – Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2018
The United States is experiencing an aging of the population, and by 2030, 20% of Americans will be 65 years or older (Federal Interagency Forum, 2010). However, for many helping professions, including social work, medicine, and nursing, student interest in gerontological practice is quite low. One international study found that only 5.4% of the…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Aging Education, Student Attitudes, Graduate Students
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Agmon, Maayan; Doron, Israel; Ergon-Karlin, Shlomit – Educational Gerontology, 2018
This article describes and discusses a novel academic course founded by the Faculty of Welfare and Health Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, which tried to establish an alternative interaction between graduate students and older persons as part of its graduate academic program. The course "Social Activism and Old Age: From Exclusion…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intergenerational Programs, Graduate Students, Older Adults
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Intrieri, Robert C.; Kurth, Maria L. – Educational Gerontology, 2018
The present study assessed knowledge of aging, attitudes toward aging, ageism, and contact with older adults in a sample of 271 Non-Hispanic White and African-American undergraduates. Research examining racial differences in knowledge of aging, attitudes toward aging, ageism, and contact with older adults has been sparse. Results for the current…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Aging (Individuals), Aging Education, Social Attitudes
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Forlenza, Samuel T.; Bourassa, Dara – JTRM in Kinesiology, 2017
The amount of older adults is increasing rapidly and the demands of an aging population will need to be met by professionals in many fields, including exercise science. However, many undergraduate students do not want to work with older adults. Therefore, this qualitative study sought to examine the experiences and perceptions of exercise science…
Descriptors: Exercise, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Related Fitness
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McGuire, Sandra L. – Online Submission, 2017
Life expectancy is increasing worldwide. Unfortunately, people are generally not prepared for this long life ahead and have ageist attitudes that inhibit maximizing the "longevity dividend" they have been given. Aging education can prepare people for life's later years and combat ageism. It can reimage aging as a time of continued…
Descriptors: Aging Education, Aging (Individuals), Social Attitudes, Life Style
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Majeski, Robin A.; Stover, Merrily; Ronch, Judah – Educational Gerontology, 2016
Aging professionals have not always effectively communicated about aging to the general public (Feather, 2015). Due at least in part to this, the public often holds inaccurate, ageist beliefs about older adults and aging services/gerontology has been difficult to promote as a desirable career option (Feather, 2015). The authors address this…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Asynchronous Communication, Gerontology, Aging Education
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Rizzo, Victoria M.; Rowe, Jeannine M. – Research on Social Work Practice, 2016
Objectives: This study examines the impact of social work interventions in aging on quality of life (QOL) and cost outcomes in four categories (health, mental health, geriatric evaluation and management, and caregiving). Methods: Systematic review methods are employed. Databases were searched for articles published in English between 2004 and 2012…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Social Work, Aging (Individuals), Aging Education
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Mackowicz, Jolanta; Wnek-Gozdek, Joanna – Educational Gerontology, 2016
In the face of the ageing of society, the concept of active ageing has become a key problem within European politics. (United Nations, 2002; European Commission, 2006). In recent years, the University of Third Age (U3A) movement has developed very quickly both within Poland and outside our country. In this article, we consider the educational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Aging (Individuals), Quality of Life
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Kusmaul, Nancy – Educational Gerontology, 2016
Direct caregivers in nursing homes are the certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who provide the majority of hands-on care. This study administered a knowledge instrument to a sample of CNAs () employed at nursing homes in a northeastern city to evaluate their knowledge in the domains of aging, cognition, and mental health. This study found that…
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Educational Gerontology, Nursing Homes, Knowledge Level
McGuire, Sandra L. – Online Submission, 2016
Early children's literature plays a major role in attitude formation. The attitudes children form about aging will play an important role in how successfully they age. This annotated booklist is a compilation of carefully selected early children's literature that contains positive, meaningful portrayals of older adults and promotes positive aging.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Aging Education, Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature
McGuire, Sandra L. – Online Submission, 2016
Increased longevity is a worldwide phenomenon placing emphasis on the need for preparation for life's later years. Today's children will be the older adults of tomorrow. A resource that can help to educate them about aging and prepare them for the long life ahead is early children's literature (Preschool-Primary). This literature can provide…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Aging (Individuals), Positive Attitudes, Older Adults
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Young, Jimmy A.; Lee, Justin S.; Kovacs, Pamela J. – SAGE Open, 2016
Regardless of their particular field of practice, social workers increasingly serve the growing population of older adults in the United States. This article describes the process of integrating an experiential component into a Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) course involving 75 BSW students. Reflections on the strengths and challenges during 3…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Aging Education, Aging (Individuals), Counselor Training
Williams, Robert B. – Online Submission, 2015
This paper describes the activities of a course on adult development. The course intended to sensitize participants to the theories and reality of adulthood and aging by introducing them to selected literature on adult development and to the preparation of case records and mastery of activities that permit an analysis of the adult's world. The…
Descriptors: Adult Development, Child Rearing, Program Descriptions, Learning Activities
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