A needs assessment leading to the development of Home Economics curriculum in gerontology
Author(s)Martinson, Eloise Fernandez
California State University, Northridge. Department of Home Economics.
Joseph, Marjory L.
Gerontology & geriatrics education
Home economics--United States
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AbstractIncludes bibliographical references (pages 89-97)
This study describes the need for the development of Home Economics curriculum with an emphasis in Gerontology and also clarifies the need for specially trained home economists working with older adults. The basis for conclusions drawn from this study was the data derived from a questionnaire administered to a diverse senior citizen population resulting in one hundred thirty-one questionnaires. It was found that more than eighty percent of the senior population surveyed had a personal need related to Home Economics curriculum, specifically: nutrition, meal planning, consumer protection, classes related to personal development emphasizing family relationships, recreation, health care, and day care services which provide homemaker or geriatric aides. Over three-fourths of the respondents indicated as ???essential??? or as ???important??? the need for specially trained personnel to work with older adults in senior programs. Seniors desired additional information regarding the aspects of gerontology, and often felt that there was a lack of qualified persons to disseminate needed information. In comparing actual needs assessed by seniors with the available existing senior programs, it is suggested that areas of Home Economics be incorporated into a Gerontology curriculum.