Adult Day Services

Research

Research at Virginia Tech Adult Day Services has covered a wide range of topics over the years. Collaboration with the Child Development Center for Learning and Research on intergenerational issues has resulted in several published articles on interactions between pre-school children and the older adults at ADS. Research topics have included college student service learners’ attitudes toward older adults; benefits of reminiscence, horticulture and modified Montessori activities; and Living History with 7th grade students and older adults sharing experiences in various topics.

Research collaborations with other departments and colleges at Virginia Tech have included Horticulture, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Computer Science.

Research teams consisting of faculty and graduate and undergraduate students participate in these research efforts. Graduate Assistants at Adult Day Services have gotten increasingly involved in research projects, even implementing their own ideas in IRB approved projects. Publications and posters at conferences have resulted. Undergraduate students have also gotten involved and two to five undergraduates have been on teams each semester over the past 9 years. Participant undergraduate students have come from Business, Communication, Psychology, Biology, Apparel, Housing and Resource Management and, of course, Human Development.