Saturday, November 3, 2007: 2:45 PM-4:00 PM
Human Well-Being: A Global Imperative for the Aging Population
Learning Objective #1: gain a global appreciation of the importance of sense of well-being in the older population
Learning Objective #2: apply innovative interventions that support sense of well-being in older adults
This symposium examines the concept of well-being as a social mandate that must be addressed globally by all health science disciplines, with particular attention to the increasing older population. Presenters will discuss the development and maintenance of a social climate that eliminates disparity and supports the well-being of all, but with particular attention to elders, who may be at greater risk. Highlighted are reports of studies that have tested innovative programs designed and implemented with elders who have dementia and their informal caregivers. The recently developed Well-being Picture Scale (WPS)is offered as a user-friendly tool to give voice to older persons who may have difficulty reading text, or who may be too sick or frail to respond to more complex measures. A significant correlation (p = .01) was found between scores on the WPS and the Geriatric Depression Scale in a sample of community dwelling elders.
Symposium Organizer:Sarah Gueldner, DSN, RN, FAAN
Symposium Presenters:May Wykle, PhD, FAAN, FGSA
Diana L. Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sarah Gueldner, DSN, RN, FAAN
Takahashi Ryutaro, MD, PhD
Linda L. Buettner, PhD, CTRS
 Assessing Sense of Well-Being Globally in Compromised Elders
Takahashi Ryutaro, MD, PhD, Sarah Gueldner, DSN, RN, FAAN
 Maintaining Older Adults with Dementia in the Community: A New Model for Peace of Mind
Linda L. Buettner, PhD, CTRS
 Minimizing Health Care Disparity among Elders
May Wykle, PhD, FAAN, FGSA
 Well-Being: A Concept of Interest Across Health Science Disciplines
Diana L. Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN