Fall 1990 // Volume 28 // Number 3
To The Point
Educationing Elderly Caregivers
Editor's Introduction: The aging of the United States population is one of the most pronounced and significant trends affecting our future. The elderly are becoming an increasingly important target audience for Extension programs. The four articles in this special section focus on educating elderly caregivers in different settings for different purposes. The first reports on an Extension program for home-based caregivers. The second describes the outcomes of an educational program for nursing home caregivers. The third presents research on methods of reaching the low-income elderly with money management information. And, the fourth targets elderly for energy education. All four articles deal with Extension's need to work with and through other professionals to meet the needs of primary clientele - the elderly.
Working with Volunteers
Editor's Introduction: A recurring theme in this Journal's issue is the importance of working with others to accomplish Extension's mission. Working with volunteers is a longstanding Extension tradition. Volunteers continue to be important in this new age of issues programming and National Initiatives. This special section begins with a feature article presenting research findings on the crucial problem of how people find time to volunteer. It's followed by four Ideas at Work on working effectively with volunteers: first, how to use volunteers as master teachers; second, how to use professional volunteer expertise; third, how to empower volunteers through genuine involvement; and fourth, how to selectively recruit volunteers so you don't have to "fire" them. This special section closes with a review of an Extension guide for using volunteers.