PGC Office Closed Friday March 17th for Spring Break

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PGC Closed for Spring Break

 

We will reopen at our regular business hours on Monday.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


 

Dr. Pruett on the Conference Circuit ~ AGHE Conference Part 2

0 Commentsby   |  03.11.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Intergenerational Focus, OpenClass, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

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Dr. Pruett’s presentations continue at the AGHE Conference in Miami. Yesterday, Dr. Pruett, Dr. Lipps, and Dr. Macaluso presented a poster session titled, Six Generation Town Hall Meeting: Identifying Policy Issues While Improving Intergenerational Attitudes. See the photo and description below. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Six Generation Town Hall Meeting: Identifying Policy Issues While Improving Intergenerational Attitudes

Charlie Pruett, PhD, Suzanne Macaluso, Alan J. Lipps

Friday, March 10, 2017; 9:30AM-12:30PM

Abstract Body:

Gerontology educators, aging network professionals, and political advocates are looking for opportunities to both identify policy issues as well as educate a new generation of professionals in aging. Sociologist have learned that bringing together individuals from different cultural groups, including different age cohorts, can improve social attitudes. This presentation will discuss the development, offering, and outcomes of an intergenerational town hall meeting held on a university campus in a city of 110,000 people in West Texas. The goal of the town hall meeting was to identify issues related to aging as well as bring university students into contact with proactive older adults. The event was organized by university faculty, members of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, the local Area Agency on Aging, and local service providers in the aging network. Three hundred individuals participated in the one day event which included 100 university students and 200 senior adults representing six generations. Attendees were divided into groups of eight. University students were seated with older adults at each table. Participants spent an hour discussing issues facing aging individuals of the local community. University students recorded the table discussion and specific issues at each table. Students then stood in the assembly to report the findings of each table. A written summary of the event was prepared by students and submitted to representatives of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature who are presently developing platforms to be submit to Texas congressional representatives. Students expressed positive change in attitudes toward older adults. These attitudes and identified policies will be addressed in this presentation.

Objective 1: Those attending this presentation will gain insight into the development of an intergenerational policy development event.

Objective 2: Attendees will learn a creative methods of serving the community while expanding gerontological knowledge within future professional in aging.

Objective 3: Attendees will understand personal perspectives of university students and how their attitudes toward older adults were improved by interacting toward a unified

 

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Dr. Pruett On the Conference Circuit ~ AGHE Conference Part 1

0 Commentsby   |  03.10.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Announcements, Intergenerational Focus, PGC, Student Research, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

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It is a long way from Abilene to Miami, but our Dr. Pruett and Mrs. Pruett traveled safely. Dr. Pruett and Dr. Alan Lipps from the Social Work department presented their intergenerational research yesterday at the Annual AGHE Conference. Read below for more information:

Session Title: Using Gerontological Education to Challenge Assumptions and Change Perspectives

Can Interaction With Elderly Persons Alter University Students’ Attitudes Toward Older Adults?

 Charlie Pruett, PhD, Alan J. Lipps, PhD, Taylor Nix,

Thursday, March 9, 2017; 1:30PM-3:00 PM

Abstract: Background and Purpose: Research indicates that relatively few college students have the desire to pursue careers serving the geriatric population. However, studies show that education, training, and direct contact with the aging population can positively influence student attitudes. These findings suggest that interactions with aging adults can facilitate change in perceptions of the aging population. Within the field of social work, and in other helping professions, numerous writers, researchers, and practitioners call for an increase in the number of, and quality of, educational experiences that provide opportunities for students to have direct contact with elderly persons. Such prescriptions are often ambiguous because little is known about the effects of properties of such contact (i.e., context, content, duration) on the outcomes. Therefore, the overall purpose of this study was to determine whether student interactions with elderly persons, in the context of a Texas Silver Haired Legislature Town Hall Meeting, would improve ageist attitudes. To accomplish this purpose, a pretest-posttest design, using a convenience sample of undergraduate and graduate students attending a southwestern, private Christian university, was used. Methods: The researcher, in conjunction with other faculty members at a university, requested that faculty help recruit students to participate in a town hall meeting hosted by the Texas Silver Haired Legislature (TSHL). The town hall meeting brought together university students and elderly members of a community to discuss issues that could be later developed into a legislative agenda for the TSHL. During the town hall meeting, participants interacted with elderly persons by participating in a discussion, in small groups, about issues facing elderly persons.

Pre-and posttest data were collected using an online survey tool. The Fraboni Ageism Scale was to assess  pre-and post-intervention ageism. A paired-samples t-test was used to test for a statistically significant difference between pre-and post-test. Results: Results concluded that there was statically significant pre-to post-intervention reduction in ageism scores for students who attended the Town Hall Meeting. Conclusions and Implications: Findings of this study suggest that student interactions with elderly persons, in the context of a Texas Silver Haired Legislature Town Hall Meeting, can shift ageist attitudes. Therefore, town hall meetings that allow intergenerational contact to be made can result in changes in ageist attitudes. Focused, relatively brief, contact between elderly persons and university students is one approach educators can use to change ageist attitudes.

Objective 1: Participants will be able to describe the context, content, and duration of intergenerational contact that improved ageism scores in university students.
Objective 2: Participants will be able to describe an intergenerational town hall meeting.
Objective 3: Participants will be able to explain the importance of intergenerational contact in improving ageist attitudes in college-age people

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Images of Aging~ You Asked, We Listened!

0 Commentsby   |  03.08.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, GERO Student Focus, Images of Aging, Intergenerational Focus, PGC

You asked… we listened!

Our Images of Aging photo contest was scheduled to close today…. but we received requests to extend it through Spring Break since students would be with their extended family.

So… we listened! We have extended the Images of Aging photo contest until Monday, March 20th! Please submit your photo and Model Release Form by Monday, March 20th to the Images of Aging email address: imagesofaging@acu.edu .

Looking forward to adding your photo to the wonderful photos we’ve already received!

Images of Aging

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Aging Simulation is the Highlight of this week ~ February 17

0 Commentsby   |  02.17.17  |  Aging In Texas, GERO Student Focus, Intergenerational Focus, PGC

This year we have a new feature on the PGC Blog. Every week, we will highlight something  interestingly research-based, note-worthy, and/or fun  at the Pruett Gerontology Center!


This week, Dr. Pruett and student volunteers from the Gerontology and Occupational Therapy departments hosted the Aging Simulation for current OT students.The purpose of the Aging Simulation is to give students an authentic learning experience to learn how older adults are often treated everyday.

Dr. Pruett thanks Student Team Leaders Natalie Hudson and Emily Adams and volunteers Caitlin Walker, Nancy Elliot, and Lindsey Dunkle, and sponsor Donna Walls.

Click on the photo to view the video highlights of our day.

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Photos by Donna Walls and Helen Teague

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Today is Senior Day at the Texas Capitol

0 Commentsby   |  02.07.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Aging In Texas

Today, February 7, is Senior Day at the Texas Capitol. The Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition and groups from all over the state, the theme for this year’s celebration is “Seniors — the Heart of Texas.” A rally on the front steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by issues-oriented discussions between older adults and elected officials.

« The Purpose of Senior Day is 3-fold

  • To recognize and celebrate the contributions made by older Texans to our State
  • To show that Seniors of Texas care about issues that affect them
  • To have fun and see the beautiful State Capitol of Texas

For more information, call Walter Graham at 254-631-8783 or Lynda Ender at 214-823-5700, ext. 6113 or visit txsac.org

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February 7 is Senior Day at the Texas Capitol

0 Commentsby   |  02.06.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Aging In Texas, Announcements

Tomorrow, February 7 is Senior Day at the Texas Capitol. The Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition and groups from all over the state, the theme for this year’s celebration is “Seniors — the Heart of Texas.” A rally on the front steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by issues-oriented discussions between older adults and elected officials.

« The Purpose of Senior Day is 3-fold

  • To recognize and celebrate the contributions made by older Texans to our State
  • To show that Seniors of Texas care about issues that affect them
  • To have fun and see the beautiful State Capitol of Texas

For more information, call Walter Graham at 254-631-8783 or Lynda Ender at 214-823-5700, ext. 6113 or visit txsac.org

 

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Classes Begin Today January 17, 2017

0 Commentsby   |  01.17.17  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Classes begin today on campus.

We hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start!

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Pruett Gerontology Center Holiday Hours

0 Commentsby   |  12.22.16  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Announcements

This year, PGC will be closed Monday, December 26 through Monday, January 2 for the Christmas/New Year Holiday. We sincerely and prayerfully wish our blog subscribers and friends a Merry Christmas and peaceful start to 2017.

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Highlights of this Week ~ December 9

0 Commentsby   |  12.09.16  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, PGC, This Week's Highlights

This year we have a new feature on the PGC Blog. Every week, we will highlight something  interestingly research-based, note-worthy, and/or fun  at the Pruett Gerontology Center!


It is never too late for healthy lifestyle choices. Ray Chavez is 104 years old — and the oldest known survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He wanted to attend the 75th Anniversary Memorial so he hired a personal trainer to re-build strength and stamina. Mr. Chavez’ story will make you smile and salute, even if you are a civilian.

Ray Chavez

Read more at: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/people/sdut-ray-chavez-pearl-harbor-veteran-104-2016mar08-story.html

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