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Tool Information

Settings: Residence for Older People
MHP Steps: Preparation
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
URL: Click here for Tool Website

Evaluation: Unknown
Available Formats: Paper Based | Soft Copy
Free: Yes
Restrictions on Use: No
Tool Focus: Individual and Organisation
Tool Type: Educational/Training
Download(s): How Seniors Learn - 96 KB

Tool Description

The learning capacity of older adults has direct, practical implications for professionals trying to educate older people and their families about health-care services and benefits, especially Medicare. In this brief, the issue of how older people learn is discussed, with reference to research from the field of cognitive aging. The authors offer tips for how you can adapt your educational programs and materials to build on individuals’ cognitive strengths and compensate for some of the losses that can occur with aging. Much of the information yielded here is influenced by the field of psychology. Studies of cognitive aging provide us with detailed information regarding the mechanisms by which humans learn, how the mind functions and whether this functioning changes as we age. As the population ages we need new approaches in which to transform and re-invent educational practices in order to meet the special cognitive needs and priorities of older learners. This brief provides advice for educational professionals about how to adapt educational programs and materials to help improve cognitive functioning and compensate for age-related cognitive decline.

Tool Characteristics

Application in the Field: General use in one country
Tool mainly used in: United States
Stage of Development: Well established
Evaluation and Research: Referenced widely
Beneficiary Involvement in Design: No information found

Contact Details

Organisation Name: Centre for Medicare Edcuation
Country: United States

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