Engaging the Elderly in Building Health Promotion Programs: A Model to Promote Benefits for Both Undergraduate Nursing Students and Elderly Populations in the Community

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150704
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Presentation
Title:
Engaging the Elderly in Building Health Promotion Programs: A Model to Promote Benefits for Both Undergraduate Nursing Students and Elderly Populations in the Community
Abstract:
Engaging the Elderly in Building Health Promotion Programs: A Model to Promote Benefits for Both Undergraduate Nursing Students and Elderly Populations in the Community
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Thompson, Patricia, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Winona State University
Title:Professor
[Symposium Presentation] Health promotion and disease prevention for the elderly is a key priority for Healthy People 2010. Although illness and disability rates increase with age, a large body of research indicates that health promotion and disease prevention activities can assist the elderly in living healthier and independent lives. Baccalaureate nursing students (n = 27) from a mid-western university worked with economically disadvantaged, high risk elderly in their residential settings to develop relevant health promotion and education programs. The elderly were diverse in age, life experiences, access to resources, race, ethnicity, health status, and culture. In an effort to expand community health clinical experiences, students and faculty were immersed in a diverse community setting for an academic year with the goals of improving the health of an aggregate population. Students were engaged in critical reflection on issues which included:ácommunity assessment, partnering with clients in the development of interventions, translation of evidence-based theory into clinical practice, and development of strategies to promote health and prevent disease within an elderly community. The study is a mixed-method design. Descriptive data were obtained from pre-post testing of knowledge and attitudes of students regarding community based health promotion activities and issues facing the elderly. Qualitative data from reflective journaling and open-ended questionnaires were analyzed for common themes. Although data collection is ongoing, initial analysis reveals gains in knowledge and skills, with changes in attitudes reflecting more positively and less bias regarding working with the elderly. áStudents benefited from the process of engaging the elderly in the development of health promotion programs. Benefits to the elderly participants of health promotion programs warrant further exploration.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEngaging the Elderly in Building Health Promotion Programs: A Model to Promote Benefits for Both Undergraduate Nursing Students and Elderly Populations in the Communityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150704-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Engaging the Elderly in Building Health Promotion Programs: A Model to Promote Benefits for Both Undergraduate Nursing Students and Elderly Populations in the Community</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Thompson, Patricia, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Winona State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">pthompson@winona.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Symposium Presentation] Health promotion and disease prevention for the elderly is a key priority for Healthy People 2010. Although illness and disability rates increase with age, a large body of research indicates that health promotion and disease prevention activities can assist the elderly in living healthier and independent lives. Baccalaureate nursing students (n = 27) from a mid-western university worked with economically disadvantaged, high risk elderly in their residential settings to develop relevant health promotion and education programs. The elderly were diverse in age, life experiences, access to resources, race, ethnicity, health status, and culture. In an effort to expand community health clinical experiences, students and faculty were immersed in a diverse community setting for an academic year with the goals of improving the health of an aggregate population. Students were engaged in critical reflection on issues which included:&aacute;community assessment, partnering with clients in the development of interventions, translation of evidence-based theory into clinical practice, and development of strategies to promote health and prevent disease within an elderly community. The study is a mixed-method design. Descriptive data were obtained from pre-post testing of knowledge and attitudes of students regarding community based health promotion activities and issues facing the elderly. Qualitative data from reflective journaling and open-ended questionnaires were analyzed for common themes. Although data collection is ongoing, initial analysis reveals gains in knowledge and skills, with changes in attitudes reflecting more positively and less bias regarding working with the elderly. &aacute;Students benefited from the process of engaging the elderly in the development of health promotion programs. Benefits to the elderly participants of health promotion programs warrant further exploration.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:40:34Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:40:34Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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