Title

Older adults’ attitudes and decisions toward using a college campus and a senior center as a third place

Date

5-31-2018 1:30 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 1:45 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Chair

Brent King

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melissa Cannon

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The purpose of the current study is to understand the attitudes and decisions related to using a third place, where people can gather informally for psychological support through a shared sense of grounding, ease, comfort, friendliness, and mutual concern (Oldenburg, 1999). Through a case study design, we used mixed methods to collect data from senior center members to gain an understanding of how older adults use a senior center and a college campus as examples of third places. Data were analyzed utilizing focused coding of open-ended responses and descriptive statistics from the quantitative data. Findings revealed implications related to lack of awareness, communication, and perceived barriers, contributing to overall goals of supporting older adults aging in place through creating opportunities for them to feel engaged and empowered in their communities.

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May 31st, 1:30 PM May 31st, 1:45 PM

Older adults’ attitudes and decisions toward using a college campus and a senior center as a third place

WUC Pacific Room

The purpose of the current study is to understand the attitudes and decisions related to using a third place, where people can gather informally for psychological support through a shared sense of grounding, ease, comfort, friendliness, and mutual concern (Oldenburg, 1999). Through a case study design, we used mixed methods to collect data from senior center members to gain an understanding of how older adults use a senior center and a college campus as examples of third places. Data were analyzed utilizing focused coding of open-ended responses and descriptive statistics from the quantitative data. Findings revealed implications related to lack of awareness, communication, and perceived barriers, contributing to overall goals of supporting older adults aging in place through creating opportunities for them to feel engaged and empowered in their communities.