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Recommendations for adult education based on consumer problems of aged citizens in Corvallis, Oregon Public Deposited

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  • The consumer as an active member of the marketplace has gained much attention in past years. Information concerning specific consumers is vital to those who are involved in consumer education. The aged consumers are one group that gains much concern. A sample of 25 aged persons in Corvallis was surveyed concerning what consumer problems they might have. The interview format was formulated as a result of finding that consumer problems of the aged align themselves in four major areas. These areas include 1) frauds and quackery, 2) financial management, 3) problems resulting from lack of knowledge of consumer information, and 4) problems caused by certain limiting community environment. The age of the consumers used in this study ranged from 60 to 75 years. Ninety two percent of the group was women and eight percent was men. Sixty four percent of the group was living in single family dwellings. The level of education of this group varied from completing primary grades to post graduate education. Fifty six percent of the aged group had incomes of less than $5,000. The range of income for married persons was $3,000 to $10,000 a year and for single persons and widows the range was from $1,000 to over $10,000 a year. The major sources of this income were Social Security and retirement pensions. Changes in spending practices after retirement included items such as unexpected costs, not having money for small items, a fear of not having money and moving from rural areas to city areas. Some related that no changes were made. Other inquiries were made into how and where the older person was making purchases and what specific problems they felt were of concern. Examples of fraudulent practices were also obtained. Specific kinds of information that the aged consumer considered helpful included such items as more package information, finding someone to go to when help was needed, and more general information on products available. Based upon the completed study, ten basic recommendations for program design in adult education were developed. Each recommendation is directed to those who may be involved in developing a program, or are considering the feasibility of designing programs for the aged consumer. Specific suggestions were given for the type of adult education program design which might be developed for the aged consumer.
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