Health Behavior Change for Older Adults

Similar to other population groups, older adults have special considerations that should be taken into account when planning health behavior programs. Consider, for instance, the physical challenges faced by older adults, such as changes in hearing and vision or mobility issues. They also may need more time to process information, particularly with material they have not previously experienced. The Learning Resources this week present many such challenges that you may need to consider when working in a health behavior capacity with older adults.
To prepare:

Read the following case study on health behavior change as it pertains to older adults. Consider potential issues related to this population group that might arise when implementing this program and how you might address them.

Your local community center would like to implement a training program for seniors who are inexperienced with computers in which they would learn to use computers for accessing health and medical information. They attempted to start such a program, but no one signed up for it. They have asked you, as a health psychology professional knowledgeable about older adults, to help them develop and market a program that will appeal to the communitys seniors. Consider the issues within this age group that might arise when implementing this program.

Post a description of two challenges that might arise in implementing this program (described in scenario) and explain why each is a challenge with this population group. Then explain two possible ways the community center might address each challenge. Be specific and support your response with references to the Learning Resources.
Note: Find resources including several articles addressing older adults and may be helpful in describing ways to address challenges faced when working with this population.