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Title:Tailoring Nutrition Education to Older Adults
Pub. date: 1999
Includes: Facilitator’s Guide, including reproducible handouts, Videocassette, Cassette Tape of 8 Public Service Announcements (PSA).
Audience: Older Adults
Language: English
Description:The training program has a twofold objective for nutrition educators working with the elderly, 1) to recognize that older adults are a unique population and therefore learn differently 2) to incorporate this knowledge to provide appropriate nutrition education. The videocassette component is divided into 7 sections with a 'stop and learn' opportunity with activities corresponding to each unit. Content covers the following topics 1) the unique opportunity for nutrition education for older adults and the physical changes/stages of the aging process 2) nutritional needs, chronological vs. functional age, and nutrition-related diseases of the elderly 3) specific challenges that face older adults 4) physical changes of aging, safety concerns and referrals 5) utilizing the group setting of nutrition educators for problem solving 6) recognizing that there are frustrations and gifts of working with older populations 7) review of key concepts and conclusion. Materials also include instructions for the compilation of a 'Simulated Aging Kit'. This kit and the associated activities are designed to simulate the aging process and provide educators reflection and experiential learning. The kit includes simulation of aging in areas including: sight and visual (plastic wrap blindfold); mobility, flexibility, and dexterity (bandaging fingers together); hearing (cotton balls in the ears); maneuvering with a device such as a cane or walker; and the challenges associated with gradual sensory decreases in the sense of smell, taste and flavor recognition. Participants perform several routine tasks associated with the preparation, service and consumption of food under these simulated circumstances and rank the difficulty.
Funding Source: EFNEP
Developer: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Oklahoma State University Family & Consumer Sciences
Phone: 405-744-6283
Length: Guide 43 pp., video 42 minutes, PSAs range from 60 seconds to 1:48.
Use Restrictions: Not copyright protected. Brochures reproducible.
Reviewers Comments: This 'educate the educator' kit is targeted for nutrition educators working with older adults and addresses a comprehensive scope of topics associated with this population. Key topics and concepts are clear and adequately covered. Instructional format employs the combination of a video and activities that allow for flexibility for use as one session or as several individual lessons as determined by the needs of the instructor/class. The video content incorporates positive and realistic portrayal of older adults as well as commentary from nutrition educators working in the field. 'Stop & Learn' activities provide practical learning and reinforcement of key messages. Several sections include vignettes with suggestions for open-ended questions to encourage group discussion and brainstorming. Facilitator's Guide is well organized and provides thorough overview of the learning objectives and the supplies and preparation needed for each activity. Handouts provided are reproducible and appropriate for the audience. For clarity purposes please note, the “Simulated Aging Kit” exercises are not included within the 7 video/stop and learn activities. The simulated exercises do however, provide a unique complement to the training and as well as a 'real life' perspective to the concepts covered in the material.
Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: videocassette no. 3289
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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Community Nutrition Education Program
    Contact: Joyce Johnson
    Mail: Family & Consumer Sciences, 104 HES, Oklahoma State University OCU-CE-FCS-CNEP
Stillwater, OK 74078-6131
    Phone: (405) 744-6283
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    Cost: 35.00 per VHS
    Avail. in Qty: No

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