Introducing students to healthy aging within their own communities: An online applied research experience
This article published in Gerontology & Geriatrics Education discusses how engaging gerontology students in research that hits “close-to-home” can have lasting benefits for them and their communities both professionally and personally. Since 2016, cohorts of undergraduate/certificate students in an online applied research in aging course have explored healthy aging in their Massachusetts’ (MA) communities. The top three health indicators of concern raised by the stakeholders, that the students learned about, were the high rates of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, congestive heart failure, and diabetes. Other non-health related challenges were transportation, affordable housing, wellness/prevention, and the built environment. The student reflections on their research experience highlight the value of providing opportunities to collect and analyze data, to learn about a substantive issue, and the needs of local older adults. The full article can be accessed with an OpenAthens account through your institution or with a Taylor & Francis Online account.