Journal Article

Implementing a University–Community–Retail Partnership Model to Facilitate Community Education on Universal Design

Christine A. Price, Susan L. Zavotka and Margaret H. Teaford

in The Gerontologist

Published on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America

Volume 44, issue 5, pages 697-702
Published in print October 2004 | ISSN: 0016-9013
Published online October 2004 | e-ISSN: 1758-5341 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/44.5.697
Implementing a University–Community–Retail Partnership Model to Facilitate Community Education on Universal Design

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Purpose: A collaborative partnership model was used to develop and implement a state-wide community education program on universal design. Design and Methods: University faculty, extension professionals, older adult service agencies, service learning students, and a community retail chain made up the original partnership. Results: This collaboration resulted in a five-stage partnership model. The model was used to develop and disseminate a consumer education program to promote aging in place. The five stages include (a) identifying partner strengths and shared learning, (b) program development, (c) implementing the universal design program, (d) facilitating collaborative outreach, and (e) shifting toward sustainable outreach. Implications: A lack of knowledge exists among consumers, builders, and health care professionals regarding strategies for aging in place. Collaborations between educators, outreach professionals, students, and a retail partner resulted in increased interest and awareness about universal design changes that enable seniors to age in place.

Keywords: Aging in place; Home assessment; Service learning; Extension; Home modification

Journal Article.  3827 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Biological Sciences ; Psychology ; Gerontology and Ageing

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