Exploring a Direction of the Development of an Education Program for Health Improvement of the Unemployed Elderly

미취업 노인의 건강 개선 교육 프로그램의 개발 방향 탐색

  • Park, Hyeok (Department of Physical Education, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Gawon (Department of Education, Chosun University)
  • 박혁 (전남대학교 체육교육과) ;
  • 김가원 (조선대학교 교육학과)
  • Received : 2017.04.05
  • Accepted : 2017.05.12
  • Published : 2017.05.31


The purpose of this study is to propose a health improvement education program for the majority of elderly people who could not work due to health issues. This study focused on the fact that employment has a positive influence on the health outcomes of the elderly. The paper compares the health outcomes of employed elderly versus that of the unemployed, and suggests directions for future lifelong education programs related to health for the unemployed elders. The study results show more positive health outcomes for employed elders in terms of nutrition status and ability to perform daily tasks. Furthermore, their cognitive ability was more active (orientation, peripheral concentration, awareness of daily life) and their overall quality of life. Therefore, the study aims to develop health outcomes in the unemployed elderly population through safety education, improving health habits, performance improvement education via cognitive activation and socializing, and to secure the professionalism of lifelong education programs for the elderly which is currently only seen as a leisure activity. The object of the proposed program in this study is to maintain health by providing opportunities employment - a core component of successful aging - and relevant social interaction. This will greatly improve the quality of life of the elderly and provide a basis for widening the social role of elderly people in the future.


Lifelong education;Elderly education;Health education for elderly;Health education Successful aging


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