The Garden of Healthy Aging:  Project Development  and Evaluation Susan Toth-Cohen,  PhD, OTR/L (SL: Zsuzsa Tomsen) Kathry...
What is the Garden of Healthy Aging? <ul><li>An interactive exhibit on healthy aging focused on strategies for maintaining...
What is the purpose? <ul><li>Provide education and immersive experience for residents of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Pro...
What is the basis of the exhibit? <ul><li>Derived from Rowe and Kahn’s (1999) famous work, Successful Aging </li></ul><ul>...
Concept and Links to  Components  of Successful/  Healthy Aging Figure  derived from: Rowe & Kahn, 1999,  p. 39 Maintain h...
Collaborative exhibit development timeline <ul><li>OT Center at Jefferson launched in June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate...
IRB (Ethics Board) Process <ul><li>Initial program evaluation for the OT Center at Jefferson in Second Life  ( Journal of ...
<ul><li>Pilot with 18 participants, aged 50-69 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Went through of the 8 main stations of the exhibi...
Collaborative Process <ul><li>Continual process of peer/student, faculty, and consultant feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly...
Graduate Assistant Role in the Healthy Aging Garden  <ul><li>Conceptualize and build prizes for each exhibit. </li></ul><u...
Student Experience <ul><li>Great time! </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging thinking of appropriate prizes for each exhibit. </li...
Virtual World Capabilities for Exhibit Development <ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Objects...
Poster with web link, table with objects that provide info in local chat, quiz, model that  shows insert for diabetic shoe...
<ul><li>Places to visit within Second Life or groups to join </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki with summaries of peer-reviewed resear...
Unique Affordances of Virtual Worlds for Collaborative Project Development <ul><li>Scheduling is less problematic and coll...
Current Challenges of Virtual Worlds for Promoting Healthy Aging  <ul><li>Learning curve for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gradua...
Graduate Students and Virtual Worlds: Project Based Learning <ul><li>Key Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to desi...
<ul><li>Second Life website,  http://secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><li>Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, http://jvwresear...
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  1. 1. The Garden of Healthy Aging: Project Development and Evaluation Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L (SL: Zsuzsa Tomsen) Kathryn Koszuba, OTS (SL: Angelica Tremmor), Alyssa Sariano (SL: Bodi McIntyre) Jefferson School of Health Professions, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  2. 2. What is the Garden of Healthy Aging? <ul><li>An interactive exhibit on healthy aging focused on strategies for maintaining and improving health as one grows older </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 main topics: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stress management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spirituality and religious practices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Living with diabetes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy heart </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy caregiving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social support </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is the purpose? <ul><li>Provide education and immersive experience for residents of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Provide training to occupational therapy students on health communications and interactive design principles for use in virtual environments </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the utility of using virtual worlds for interactive health communication on healthy aging, for possible use as a preventive health program for adults >50 </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the basis of the exhibit? <ul><li>Derived from Rowe and Kahn’s (1999) famous work, Successful Aging </li></ul><ul><li>Each exhibit based on current research and provides information and links to actual studies through wiki, http://otsl.pbworks.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Uses interactive design principles for virtual environments (The TechVirtual) </li></ul><ul><li>Each exhibit idea developed by graduate students in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and reviewed by experts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Built by project director and graduate assistants in the Department of Occupational Therapy at TJU </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Concept and Links to Components of Successful/ Healthy Aging Figure derived from: Rowe & Kahn, 1999, p. 39 Maintain high cognitive and physical function Successful/ healthy aging Engage/Participate in life Avoid disease Avoid worsening of chronic disease <ul><li>Living with diabetes </li></ul><ul><li>Heart health </li></ul><ul><li>Care for the caregiver </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy activity </li></ul><ul><li>Social support </li></ul><ul><li>Spirituality & religious practices </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy activity </li></ul><ul><li>Future of healthy aging </li></ul><ul><li>How does your garden grow? (neuroplasticity) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Collaborative exhibit development timeline <ul><li>OT Center at Jefferson launched in June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate students in Occupational Therapy include those doing final projects and Graduate Assistants (Fall 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Program evaluation conducted Fall 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Included initial exhibit on healthy aging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funded for expansion of Healthy Aging exhibit April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits built at new location at Fatima’s Cherished </li></ul><ul><li>Study conducted March 2010 </li></ul>
  7. 7. IRB (Ethics Board) Process <ul><li>Initial program evaluation for the OT Center at Jefferson in Second Life ( Journal of Virtual Worlds Research , 2009) was approved as exempt study in Fall 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Aging exhibit expansion and pilot with older adult participants was approved as addendum September 2009, conducted March 2010 </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Pilot with 18 participants, aged 50-69 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Went through of the 8 main stations of the exhibit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Took a picture of self at each station and emailed to researcher (built in photo-email) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Took survey (knowledge and response to exhibit) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participated in an optional interview (optional) </li></ul></ul></ul>Healthy Aging Study Caregiving exhibit was considered “most useful” Will report results in a subsequent presentation
  9. 9. Collaborative Process <ul><li>Continual process of peer/student, faculty, and consultant feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly meetings to brainstorm exhibits and further develop resources (including wiki that accompanies Healthy Aging exhibits) </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis of expert feedback to refine exhibits </li></ul>Brainstorming best way to represent main exhibit concept
  10. 10. Graduate Assistant Role in the Healthy Aging Garden <ul><li>Conceptualize and build prizes for each exhibit. </li></ul><ul><li>Attend and assist visitors at the Open Houses. </li></ul><ul><li>Track visitor comments and feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate SL and RL resources related to healthy aging. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Student Experience <ul><li>Great time! </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging thinking of appropriate prizes for each exhibit. </li></ul><ul><li>Building prizes and contributing ideas about the layout of the exhibit </li></ul><ul><li>Wonderful opportunity to learn about and explore RL and SL resources for healthy aging </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoyable to help visitors navigate the Healthy Aging Garden. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Virtual World Capabilities for Exhibit Development <ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Objects that illustrate concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Objects that give information </li></ul><ul><li>Events & </li></ul><ul><li>discussions (extensive networking opportunities) </li></ul><ul><li>Informational </li></ul><ul><li>Posters </li></ul><ul><li>Slide shows </li></ul><ul><li>Models </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Web displays </li></ul>Combinations
  13. 13. Poster with web link, table with objects that provide info in local chat, quiz, model that shows insert for diabetic shoe when clicked
  14. 14. <ul><li>Places to visit within Second Life or groups to join </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki with summaries of peer-reviewed research and information from organizations (such as American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association) </li></ul><ul><li>All are available within virtual world via kiosks for each type of resource (Caregiving, Diabetes) </li></ul>Resources
  15. 15. Unique Affordances of Virtual Worlds for Collaborative Project Development <ul><li>Scheduling is less problematic and collaborators are not limited by geography. Sense of presence is similar to real world </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on doing and interaction </li></ul>Faculty and graduate student discuss student-initiated project
  16. 16. Current Challenges of Virtual Worlds for Promoting Healthy Aging <ul><li>Learning curve for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>graduate students and consultants involved in collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exhibit participants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ideas for interaction can be complex to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Only a small portion of target population uses virtual worlds </li></ul><ul><li>At present, not optimally accessible for older adult audience but efforts are in progress to improve this </li></ul>
  17. 17. Graduate Students and Virtual Worlds: Project Based Learning <ul><li>Key Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to design educational experiences based on research and incorporating interactivity and language that eliminates jargon and is at 8 th grade reading level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesize research and practical application for concrete purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully utilize 21 st century technology (virtual world, wiki, blog) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in and learn from expert and peer review process </li></ul></ul>Jefferson School of Health Professions Virtual World Team
  18. 18. <ul><li>Second Life website, http://secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><li>Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, http://jvwresearch.org (July-Aug has program evaluation of the OT Center at Jefferson in Second Life) </li></ul><ul><li>Project Blog, http://otsecondlife.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Online Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video of the OT Center at Jefferson in Second Life, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1gFem4YnWA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Student Perspectives on Second Life Project, http://tinyurl.com/yhl8jqg </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complete Reference List, Healthy Aging Project Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Contact: IM Zsuzsa Tomsen </li></ul>Resources and Additional Project Information

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