Date of Award

4-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

The number of older adults in the United States will double between 2005 and 2030 given that the 78 million baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011, and as life-expectancy continues to increase. Statistics indicate that as individuals age, they desire to "age in place" and remain in their homes and communities. The literature suggests an increased interest in health promotion and disease prevention for older adults. The purpose of this project was to develop a strategic plan for a nurse-led model to provide health services and wellness care to older adults participating in a senior community center located in the Midwest. A comprehensive review of the literature was completed to identify successful models of care and wellness programs for older adults. A Needs Assessment related to sustaining optimal health was completed by senior center participants. The results of the literature review and needs assessment informed the selection of a model designed to provide health services and wellness care to older adults. Subsequently, a full project plan was developed to include; (a) assessment of resources needed for implementation (human, physical, financial); (b) timeline for phased implementation; (c) an evaluation model based on desired outcome measures, with timeline; (d) proposed funding models; and (e) nurse-led demonstration projects designed to manage chronic disease and promote wellness initiatives, incorporating students from a local university nursing program.



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