You are a senior service agency manager and you have been asked by your director to create a website that provides education and information on a variety of topics important to seniors. Your website must include the following pages:
•Long-Term Care Issues
•One page of your choice that promotes a positive outlook on aging (Topics may include: leisure, the arts, travel, volunteering, lifelong learning, spirituality, recreation, living legacy journal, etc.)
Each of these pages will be its own tab on the website.
Remember that visuals are not only attractive but also highly impactful. The use of well-chosen and well-placed images will add emphasis to your information. (See the Visiting Angels website for a sample of a website successfully geared toward our target population. See the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Division of Aging And Adult Services (DAAS) website for a sample of an unsuccessful website design for our target population.) You may wish to use the Key Points in Designing a Website for Older Adults guide for assistance in designing a website appropriate for older adults. You may also wish to use the Where to Get Free Images guide for assistance with accessing freely available public domain and/or Creative Commons licensed images.
To begin, review the elements required for each section of your project in the Creating the Website section below.
Next, visit the Wix website to familiarize yourself with this technology. Scroll down on the web page and click the pink arrow to view a quick video tour of the website platform. Note: This site is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox. Refer to the Wix Submission Quick-Start Guide for step-by-step-instructions on setting up your website.
If you experience any technical difficulties, please visit the Wix Support Center. The technical support offered through your Student Portal will not be able to assist you with the Wix website. If you are unable to utilize the Wix platform to complete this assignment and you have already watched the tutorial, read through the Quick-Start Guide, and contacted the Wix Support Center, please contact your instructor.
It is highly recommended that you complete any and all written work in a separate document first, and then cut and paste the required content into your web pages. Doing so will allow you to edit and save your work separate from the website, should anything occur that causes the website to fail. Additionally, you will be able to work on your content without having to remain connected to the Internet, and it may be easier to develop and edit your content in a document prior to publishing it on your website.
For the purposes of this class, clearly label the website as your course project. Although it will not be searchable to the general public, it will be publicly available and anyone who is given your specific site link will be able to view it.
To submit your URL, create a Word document that includes the following elements:
•Title of Project
•Course name and number
•URL for your Wix website
Once you have received your final grade for this course, you have the option of deleting this website through your account with Wix.com.
Special Note: When complete, you may choose to use this website as a means to showcase your abilities to potential employers and/or graduate schools. The ePorftolio is an important part of making yourself marketable to potential employers. See the following links for samples and tips: ePortfolio Project, Michigan Research Community: ePortfolios, ePortfolio Tips.
Creating the Website
The Final Paper:
Name your website as follows: Your last name + HCA442 Contemporary Issues in Aging (example: Lozano HCA442 Contemporary Issues in Aging). Your project must include seven tabs with the following headings and information. You may wish to consult the Wix Support page for assistance with setting up your required tabs noted below.
•Home ◦Design a home page that triggers the reader’s interest. Include images and an introductory paragraph that explains the purpose of the website. Analyze current social policies and briefly describe the impact services and programs for older adults.
◦For this page, you will be creating a navigation screencast to guide seniors in the use of this website. Be sure that your website is complete and ready to tour prior to creating this screencast. (You may use any screencasting software that will produce an embeddable screencast video. A quick-start guide for Screencast-O-Matic is provided here for assistance in creating this video should you choose to use this option.)
◦Create a second and final paragraph summarizing the content of the website. Within this paragraph, compare and contrast historical and current perspectives on aging in the United States, and discuss the impact of health care and long-term care legislation on older adults.
•Health Care ◦Create a brief introductory paragraph in which you analyze social policy issues and describe how they impact health care services and programs for older adults.
◦Create a list of health care related issues/challenges that older adults need to be aware of. Include a brief description of how seniors might plan for each of these challenges by including relevant websites and other resource materials to guide them and provide them with a better understanding of their rights to self-determination in health care.
◦Create a brief paragraph that explains the role of politics in health care. Provide links to important information on voting and activism for older adults to illustrate how seniors can make a difference in health care policies.
•Caregiving Issues ◦Create an introductory paragraph on how family caregiving policies can impact services and programs to older adults. Please see the areas below to tailor your discussion. ◾Policies related to support of family caregivers
◾Policies related to respite care
◾Policies related to employed caregivers
◦Create a paragraph which outlines a person’s right to self-determination related to caregiving. Search relevant news stories from major news organizations and relate the self-determination challenges associated with a real-life event. (You may include an embedded video news story with a paragraph summarizing the issues.)
◦Create a paragraph that describes economic issues affecting family caregivers and identify specific issues of inequality including seniors who are living in poverty, minorities, and single women. Describe advocacy issues associated with these demographics.
•Elder Abuse ◦Create an introductory paragraph on how policies on elder abuse can impact services and programs for older adults. Please see the areas below to tailor your discussion. ◾Policies related to prosecution of abusers
◾Policies related to mental capacity of victims (Discuss the ethical models or the ethical decision-making process that might be used in protecting the rights of the abused older person.)
◾Policies related to prevention
◦Begin with the work you completed in the assignment on elder abuse. Embed the brochure you created into the web page. Be certain to address any issues and make any edits suggested by your instructor prior to including the brochure in the web page. Include a brief summary of the issues presented.
◦Create a paragraph that includes a demographic analysis of the impact of elder abuse on seniors. Identify specific issues of inequality including seniors who are living in long-term care facilities, minorities, and women. Describe advocacy issues associated with these demographics.
◦Create a brief paragraph that explains the importance politics and voting plays in these issues. Provide links to important information on voting and activism for older adults to illustrate how seniors can make a difference in elder abuse policies.
•Long-Term Care ◦Create a brief introductory paragraph in which you analyze social policy issues and describe how they influence long-term care services and programs for older adults.
◦Create a list of health care related issues/challenges that older adults need to be aware of. Include a brief description of how seniors might plan for each of these challenges by including relevant websites and other resource materials to guide them and provide them with a better understanding of their rights to self-determination in long-term care.
◦Create a brief paragraph that describes the role of politics in long-term care. Provide links to important information on socioeconomic issues and the importance of advocacy for older adults to illustrate how seniors can make a difference in the growing aging population.
◦Create a brief paragraph that explains the importance politics and voting plays in these issues. Provide links to important information on voting and activism for older adults to illustrate how seniors can make a difference in long-term care policies.
•Student’s Choice (Potential tiles: Leisure / The Arts / Travel / Volunteering / Lifelong Learning / Spirituality / Recreation / Living Legacy Journal) ◦On this page, you will create a page that provides information on a positive aspect of life for older adults. Your choice must be related to health issues for older adults and must have a positive impact on quality of life. You will be expected to use research to back up your statements as to the efficacy of your topic in this area.
•Useful Links ◦Create an annotated list of links to assist seniors. This page must include a minimum of 10 links related to issues addressed in the other web pages along with a one- to two-sentence description of how the websites listed are useful for seniors. For assistance in locating government resources for seniors on money, housing, health, consumer protection, and more see the Senior Citizens’ Resources website.