Bringing Important Health Information to Seniors
PrimeTime Health, the health promotion component of the aging network, has developed educational teaching modules that can be used to present health related information to interested seniors. These important modules, on the topics of diabetes, nutrition, flu, dental health, alcohol, and urinary incontinence have been designed to be educational, fun, and interactive in formats such as skits, games and quizzes. Additional topics are planned. With so much health related information promoted almost daily, it is great to have concise and accurate information in usable format. All modules can be downloaded from this site and printed for use.
Using the Modules
Use of these modules provides great opportunities to work with seniors in the community. Two versions have been included. Individual consumers can use the consumer version for their own information. Senior center managers, community and health professionals and senior peers can use the teaching module to present the information to interested seniors throughout the community.
Presenting the Information
This information can be presented in many formats. Those with Internet access can download the module and read or print them directly from the computer. A printed version can be shared with seniors in group settings such as a senior centers, senior clubs, health clubs or local community groups that involve seniors. The modules can be shared with health educators, community liaisons, church groups, or others who offer presentations for seniors. Presentations do not have to take place within the senior center, nor do they have to be taught by personnel within the aging network. Seniors themselves can present this information in a peer trainer format. Use of the modules provides an opportunity for outreach into the community to educate and inform all seniors. Senior center managers may offer a lunch time discussion about one of these topics over the lunch hour and invite interested community members to participate. Peer trainers may offer to talk with a senior club in the evening or a church group during their meeting time. Partnerships can be developed with local hospitals, health clinics, health educators and community colleges to offer the modules in their settings. The possibilities are endless.
Tips for Educating Older Adults-A guide for Presenters (Open/Download PDF or Word Formats) and Tips for a Successful Program (Open/Download PDF or Word Formats) are useful tools for use with these modules. Following these tips can make the difference between an average program and a true learning experience. Both can be downloaded and printed. (Get Free PDF software.)
A great resource to turn to are the local PrimeTime Health Coordinators available at the Area Agencies on Aging. They can offer advice and other community resources that may be helpful when using these modules. It is important that they be kept informed of how, where and when these modules will be used to help ensure that all seniors in the community continue to be reached. Local health professionals may be off assistance as are national organizations on the given topics.