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Most older persons desire to remain living in the community, but those requiring care are often at risk of not having their needs met. Families may find themselves unable to care for their older relatives, while formal services are often unavailable or inaccessible. Policies and services are beginning to focus on the community rather than institutions as the
Most older persons desire to remain living in the community, but those requiring care are often at risk of not having their needs met. Families may find themselves unable to care for their older relatives, while formal services are often unavailable or inaccessible. Policies and services are beginning to focus on the community rather than institutions as the primary axis for care.
This book examines the many factors contributing to needs for care among older persons as well as the ways in which impairments are defined and responded to by both the individual and society. Focusing on practice and policy issues, Dr. Cox describes many of the early stage community care innovations that hold the promise of making contributions to the well-being and independence of the older population.
"Carole Cox's Community Care for an Aging Society will be welcomed by those who teach aging social policy and macro practice and have long looked for an appropriate text. A comprehensive, clearly written review of current long-term care policies, services, and structural inequities, the text also addresses innovations in community-based care along with future directions and challenges. I look forward to this text being available the next time I am teaching my course on Multigenerational Policy."
-- Nancy R. Hooyman, PhD, Endowed Professor in Gerontology and Dean Emeritus, University of Washington
"Well-researched, well-organized, and well-timed, Communiy Care for an Aging Society provides an accessible and informed overview of community-based long-term care services, systems, and programmatic and policy challenges. This book is important reading for students, faculty and professionals -- in social work, gerontology, and the health professions -- engaged in the planning and delivery of services to older Americans.”
-- Eric R Kingson, PhD, Professor of Social Work and Public Administration, School of Social Work, College of Human Services and Health Professions, Syracuse University
"Community Care for an Aging Society is the most comprehensive analysis available of America’s 'non-system' of community supports for disabled elderly persons. Carole Cox critically analyzes existing community care programs and policies, and examines the potential of innovative new approaches for meeting the care needs of tomorrow's elderly. In so doing, this book tackles head-on the challenge of providing community-based care that supports the physical, social, and psychological well-being of older adults, while not bankrupting individuals, families, or society, a challenge made even more acute by the imminent aging of the Baby Boom generation."
-- Andrew Scharlach, PhD, Kleiner Professor of Aging, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
Carole Cox, Ph.D., is Professor at the Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the author of more than 50 journal articles and chapters dealing with various aspects of aging and caregiving. She has done extensive research on caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's disease, their needs, and use of services with a particular focus on ethnicity. In the last few years, she has expanded her interest in caregiving to that of grandparents raising their grandchildren. She has developed a program and curriculum for empowerment training for grandparents, Empowering Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Training Manual for Group Leaders (Springer Publishing Company, 2000) and is also the editor of To Grandmothers House We Go and Stay: Perspectives on Custodial Grandparents (Springer Publishing Company, 2000). Her other books include Home Care: In International Perspective (Greenwood, co-author Abraham Monk), The Frail Elderly: Problems, Needs, and Community Responses (Auburn House), Ethnicity and Social Work Practice (Oxford University Press, co-author, Paul Ephross) and Dementia and Social Work Practice: Research and Interventions (Springer Publishing Company, 2007).
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