Engaging Older Adults in Decision Making Processes: A Collaborative Evaluation

By Tiffany L. Young and Liliana Rodríguez-Campos.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Published online: August 15, 2014 $US5.00

Today’s older adults are very different from previous generations; in general, they are healthier, more proactive, and understanding of their needs as a growing population. Thus, they are willing to be active contributors in a dialogue that aids society in appreciating their needs. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how a collaborative evaluation was used to identify the efficacy of a recreation facility’s program on the well-being of older adult members. The program’s efficacy was surmised through reflections and suggestions of the older adult members and other relevant stakeholders. Because population aging is a global phenomenon, this paper has implications for international contexts that may be seeking methods on how to engage older adults in decision-making processes. The evaluation and its findings are highlighted in this paper. The discussion of information is supported by the theory and work behind the model for collaborative evaluations.

Keywords: Collaborative Evaluation, Older Adults, Stakeholders

Global Studies Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4, August 2014, pp.55-61. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 15, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 647.449KB)).

Tiffany L. Young

Instructor, Department of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos

Faculty Member, Department of Educational Measurement and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA


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