This component consists of brief scenarios describing the needs of older adults, older patients, and their families. Each student is assigned a scenario. By searching print and internet sources, he/she identifies the community services that are available to address these needs. Then, he/she reports the findings to the small group. In that way, the group can compile a listing of specific community resources along with contact information. The component contains a general list of resources and useful web sites on community services that students can search. CME credit is available for this product. For more information, please contact the author. Format: Self-directed Learning; Community Resources; Discussion
The goals are: 1.) To gain a detailed understanding of the community resources that are available to address the full-range of needs of older adults. 2.) To learn how to locate community resources. Learners should: 1.) Be able to specify what community resources are available for a specific set of needs of older adults. (For example, learners should be able to say specifically what resources are available to transport older adults without their own means of transportation to various sites such as physicians' offices, groceries stores, etc.) 2.) Acquire search strategies to identify community resources for older adults.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines:
After receiving a scenario describing an older adult with a need that must be met, each student identifies community resources that can meet that need. The resources can then be catalogued, merged, and put onto a web-site for use by students and even by older adults (if there is a way to maintain and update the list of resources and contact information for those resources).