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Senior Jeopardy

Description of Program
Senior Jeopardy is an interactive educational program for older adults in a Jeopardy game format, just like the TV show.

Since the misuse and abuse of substances like alcohol and prescription drugs are increasing in adults over the age of 55, there is a need to inform seniors about the risk of these behaviors and unhealthy ways of coping with life's stressors. Senior Jeopardy is a prevention program that provides important information to participants who team up to answer challenging questions and learn about specific topics through lively discussions that follow each question on the game board. Players are encouraged to discuss sensitive topics as coping with life's challenges as they age, and their attitudes towards alcohol and other drugs as these topics come up in the game.

Senior Jeopardy currently features six individual one-hour education programs on a range of topics including:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Substance Use and Abuse by Older Adults
  • Nutrition and Healthy Aging
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Maintaining a Healthy Mind
  • Healthy Coping Skills.

Outcomes
Standard feedback evaluations are used to gauge knowledge learned and see how participants plan to incorporate knowledge learned in the Senior Jeopardy programs into daily life.

Participants of the program report enjoying the game show format, using the information they have learned and sharing it with family, friends and other members of the senior centers they attend. They realized the importance of using one pharmacist and not over over-medicating. They also report being more careful when using and disposing of prescription medication as well as recognizing the danger of mixing their prescription medications with alcohol. The camaraderie that develops between groups as they progress through the game show helps decrease their sense of isolation.

For additional information, please contact:
Helen Varvi, M. Ed., CPS
Deputy Director at
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Or call at 732-254-3344 ext. 137

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