I read with delight the editorial, "Images of Aging," by May Futrell in your February 1996 issue. I heartily agree that a "typical" nursing student's exposure to the older adult leaves much to be desired.
Nursing educators re-evaluate their curriculum and focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Unfortunately these vital concepts seem to rarely be associated with this population. These models of care are essential in not only assuring quality of life for older adults, but have the tial of reducing and or preventing the need for hospitalización or longterm care.
Exposing students to older adults in the community can provide a rich learning environment and the potential for these students to discover a challenging and rewarding profession.
As our population continues to "age," the need for such individuals will be ever more necessary and valuable.