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Title:Seniors CAN
Pub. date: 2004
Edition: 2nd
Includes: Training Manual
Audience: Older Adults
Language: English, Spanish
Description:The Seniors CAN community-based educational program helps increase the ability of the elderly to decipher and effectively utilize health-related information, to improve their sense of personal control and extend their independence. The target audience for the Seniors CAN program is all independent-living elderly over the age of 55 whose quality of life could be improved with nutrition and wellness information. The four month long program is taught weekly, for one to two hours, at congregate sites including public housing and senior centers. The Seniors CAN Curriculum includes 15 lessons with topics relate to nutrition (including the Food Guide Pyramid, food safety, hydration, low-cost foods/meals, wellness (including prevention of consumer fraud, and finding part-time employment).
Funding Source: Clark County funding with some state and federal Smith Lever funds for curriculum and USDA Food Stamp Program for volunteer training manual.
Developer: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Phone: 702-257-5531
Length: Curriculum is 15 chapters; training manual 37 pages.
Pilot Testing: Extensive testing with small in home groups, then groups ranging in size from 5 to 25 in congregate settings. Evaluation tools were tested, adjusted and nutrition behavioral measure were added for reports on FSNE grant funding.
Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes
Reviewers Comments: The Seniors CAN curriculum provides educators with a series of well organized lessons with consistent format and design, targeted at the elderly population. There is an abundance of information related to improving independent living for the elderly. Each segment contains well developed objectives, is action oriented and provides appropriate interactive activities for the application of information. Concise reference lists help the educator prepare for and tailor each lesson to meet individual community needs. Supplemental handouts for the participants have been designed to accompany each lesson plan with appropriate information and graphics.

The four lesson plans that focus on nutrition education reference the earlier version of the Food Guide Pyramid and 2000 Dietary Guidelines but can be adapted to fit the new My Pyramid and 2005 Guidelines. As this curriculum was designed by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, there are many examples of resources or agencies available only in Nevada. However, the materials are designed to be adapted to any area, and can be tailored to fit specific population needs and community resources. Although no specific brand names are used, the teacher’s curriculum lesson on Strategies for Making Ends Meet uses specific store names where participants may find reduced prices but this information is not included participant materials.

The volunteer training manual that accompanies this curriculum provides supporting materials to increase the success of the instructor. Goals and objectives are clearly stated. Successful strategies for setting up a class, advertising and background work are included. Users will learn tested rules for planning the physical environment, creating a learning environment, how to effectively present to an older population with different styles of learning. Also includes information on how to begin, and contact information for program designers and coordinators who can offer support.

Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: HQ1064.U6 N3 2000
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View/download files: 
Seniors CAN - Volunteer Training Manual (PDF 128 KB):
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Claudia Collins, Ph.D., University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
    Contact: Claudia Collins
    Mail: 2345 Red Rock Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
    Phone: (702) 257-5531
    Fax: (702) 222-3100
    Order URL:
    Cost: 45.00 per curriculum + shipping
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:Please call for bulk ordering information

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