Proactive Aging and Intergenerational Mentoring Program to Promote the Well-Being of Older Adults: Pilot Studies

May Lan Alma Mary Gerardina Au, Eddie Ng, Belinda Garner, Man Kin Lai, Hin Wang Kevin Chan

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Abstract

Proactive aging and intergenerational programs are becoming important for two major reasons. First, the aging population underscores the importance of creating opportunities for older adults to continue engaging in society. Second, there is an increasing need to develop sustainable means to assist older adults in need. The present project describes two innovative pilot studies on the well-being of older adults: (1) a psychoeducational program on proactive aging for senior citizens; (2) an intergenerational mentoring program for university students in which non-frail older adults pair up with students to provide support to the frail elderly. The outcomes of the interventions suggest enhanced psychological and social well-being of the older adults and students. The project will have important implications for developing long-term community and university partnerships as well as multi-modal psychoeducational materials to sustain the initiative after completion of the project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-210
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2015

Keywords

  • aging
  • caregiving
  • Hong Kong
  • informal caregivers
  • interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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