Intergenerational Service Learning Program Improves Aging Knowledge and Expectations and Reduces Ageism in Younger Adults

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2014-10-01
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Margrett, Jennifer
Franke, Warren
Francis, Sarah
Margrett, Jennifer
Hoerr, Kara
Peterson, Marc
Francis, Sarah
Scott, Abbie
Franke, Warren
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This article discusses a study which evaluated the effects of an intergenerational service-learning exergaming program for older adults on younger adults’ aging knowledge, expectations, and perceptions. Eighteen college students (ages 19-26 years) served as trainers for an 8-week exergaming physical activity program for older adults (12 contact hours). Questionnaires assessing aging knowledge, ageist attitudes and aging expectations were completed at Weeks 1, 8, and 25 (follow-up); program evaluations were completed at Weeks 8 and 25. Significant improvement from Week 1 to Week 25 was found for: Aging knowledge scores (p

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This article is from Journal of Youth Development, 9(3) Fall 2014; 47-57. Posted with permission.

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