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.
|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|
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