Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Assessment of the Healthy Aging Curriculum for Older Adults
by Henan, Miriam Dee, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 71; 10268013
Abstract (Summary)

The “Healthy Aging” curriculum covers aging-related topics and was designed to increase knowledge and improve attitudes about aging. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a six-session “Healthy Aging” curriculum by evaluating 150 (122 women and 28 men) older adult students’ knowledge, attitudes, and motivation to change behavior related to their own aging, before and after the curriculum. The Theory of Planned Behavior provided a framework for this study and a pre-and post-test design used the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale to test participants’ attitudes about their own aging. A scale specific to the curriculum tested knowledge. Upon curriculum completion, knowledge and attitude scores improved and all participants said they were more likely to change their behavior to age in a healthier manner. This study suggests that a curriculum promoting healthy aging increases knowledge, which impacts attitudes about one’s own aging, leading to positive behavior changes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Claver, Maria
Commitee: Armstrong, Joanne, Lares, Lisa, White, Barbara
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aging, Adult education, Health education
Keywords: Aging well, Attitudes about aging, Healthy aging, Knowledge about aging, Older adult education, Theory of planned behavior
Publication Number: 10268013
ISBN: 9780355095388
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