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Age-Tastic! An Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Intervention for Older Adults

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Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, USA
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New York City Department for the Aging, New York, NY 10007, USA
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Healthcare 2018, 6(4), 142; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6040142
Received: 14 November 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 8 December 2018
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Abstract

Background: Raising awareness of holistic health and safety among older adults is critical to enhancing their wellbeing in many cases, improving health outcomes and motivating positive behavioral changes. Age-Tastic! is a comprehensive health and safety promotion intervention that uses the concept of a competitive board game to entice older adults to participate and stay engaged. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of Age-Tastic! on the level of awareness, health literacy, self-efficacy and positive behavioral change among the participants. Methods: A randomized control trial was conducted with 98 older adults assigned to an experimental and control group. Interviews were conducted at baseline, right after the eight-week intervention ended and again eight weeks after the end of the intervention. Results: The results showed significant increases among experimental group participants in knowledge about health, self-efficacy and behavioral change in the areas of nutrition, financial exploitation, health literacy and emotional well-being. Discussion: Implications for replication and engagement are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: Evidence-based; senior centers; health promotion; game theory; randomized control trial Evidence-based; senior centers; health promotion; game theory; randomized control trial
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Pardasani, M.; Berman, J.; Powell, M. Age-Tastic! An Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Intervention for Older Adults. Healthcare 2018, 6, 142.

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