Online Program

Conversations with boomers: Implications for planning community services

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mary Shaw, PhD, MCHES, Social & Health Research Center, San Antonio, TX
Desiree Mosley, B.S, MPH (c), School of Rural Public Health, College Station, Texas, TX
Brandy Rollins, PhD, MPH, CHES, Social and Health Disparities Research Lab, College Station, TX
The Baby Boomers project is a collaborative assessment study intended to gain an understanding of baby boomer needs and interests for “living well” in a semi-rural community in central Texas.Community partners identified three specific planning areas of interest to service agencies: volunteerism, healthy lifestyle programs, and leisure activities. Methods-Five focus groups comprised of 10-14 boomers were conducted. Focus group summaries provided categorical themes that were used for planning discussions. Results-Boomers expressed specific preferences for tailoring of all parks and recreations services to their unique needs if they were expected to utilize services. Boomers wanted to have non-hospital-based health and wellness programs. They expressed a desire to use their professional skills in voluneerism which did not include simply filing or answering phones. Conclusions-Boomers will play a vial role in shaping the public health infrastructure. They are prepared to volunteer in meaningful roles within public health and academic settings. However, they fear that these institutions have not really prepared for a new kind of volunteerism and/or providing services to meet a healthier and more active group of boomers than in previous generations. Boomers will spend their resources outside of their geographical areas if communities are not responsive to their preferences and/or needs.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the design and implementation of a community forum to have conversations with boomers about planning for their future needs. Describe the preferred services of boomers who wish to stay physically active into their more senior years. Analyze the implications of the focus groups findings for similar communities planning services for boomers. Discuss how boomer preferences for volunteerism can be used to expand capacity of public health infrastructures.

Keyword(s): Aging, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Deputy Director of the Social & Health Research Center & Director of the Social & Health Disparities Research Lab where the assessment study was conducted. I am the lead investigator for the needs assessment study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.