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Use of Song as an Effective Teaching Strategy for Nutrition Education in Older Adults
- McClelland, Jacquelyn W., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Bird, Carolyn
- Journal of nutrition in gerontology and geriatrics 2015 v.34 no.1 pp. 22-33
- elderly, low-income population, music, nutrition education, nutrition knowledge
- The objective of this study was to explore whether singing an educational song would be effective in improving older adults' knowledge about nutrition. We used a randomized controlled design to determine whether singing an educational song would result in increased nutrition knowledge in a low-income population of older adults compared to a control group of similar adults who did not sing the song. Eighteen congregate nutrition sites were randomly assigned to the treatment or control group. Analysis via independent samples t -test showed the knowledge gain mean scores for the treatment group were significantly (P < 0.05) greater than those of the control group. This study supports a unique new approach to increasing nutrition knowledge of older adults by using music.