Healthy aging rounds: Using healthy-aging mentors to teach medical students about physical activity and social support assessment, interviewing, and prescription

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Abstract

Medical students underestimate the health and functional status of community-dwelling older adults and have little experience in health promotion interviewing or prescribing physical activity. The goal was to provide third-year University of Arizona medical students with an opportunity to gain a broader and evidence-based understanding of healthy aging, with specific focus on physical activity and social engagement. Students engaged in one-on-one conversations with healthy older adult mentors and practiced assessment, interviewing and prescription counseling for physical activity and social support. This 2-hour mandatory interactive educational offering improved student attitudes and knowledge about healthy aging and provided hands-on health promotion counseling experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2407-2411
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume58
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • aging
  • education
  • medical school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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