Community Resources for Older Adults: Programs and Services in an Era of Change / Edition 3

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Community Resources for Older Adults: Programs and Services in an Era of Change, Fourth Edition, by Robbyn Wacker and Karen Roberto, provides an in-depth review of policy and programs for the "aging network," answering such key questions as “How have programs for older adults evolved?” “Who uses these resources?” “How are they delivered?” and “What challenges do service providers face in meeting the needs of the aging baby-boom generation?”

To give students the foundational knowledge they need to meet the needs of their older clients, the authors provide a theoretical framework for understanding the forces that shape older adults’ likelihood to seek assistance, include in-depth reviews of the current body of empirical literature in each program area, and discuss the challenges programs and services will face in the future.

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Editorial Reviews

Community resources available to elderly Americans, including both public and private programs, are overviewed, theories on service use are discussed, and case studies that encourage critical thinking about the delivery and use of community services are presented in this book for professionals and students. Empirical literature in different program areas is reviewed, and legislation that provides the foundation for programs is explained. This second edition includes updated information on various programs and services such as the Older Americans Act, plus updated best practices and Web resources. Wacker is associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and professor of gerontology at the University of Northern Colorado. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Canadian Journal on Aging, 23 (3), pgs. 299-300 - Fran Racher
"This book is designed for an audience of American students and practitioners. However, readers from other countries might also appreciate the discussion on the continuum of services and the excellent examples of best practices, which provide many ideas for program development and delivery."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412951296
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbyn R. Wacker, Ph.D., is the Provost and Senior Vice President and Professor of Gerontology at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research interests include international aging social policy and psychosocial predictors of community service use among older adults. She has published over 65 refereed presentations, scholarly articles, books, and conference proceedings and has earned numerous university and professional awards, including UNC’s Academic Leadership Excellence Award.

Karen A. Roberto, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Gerontology, Founding Director of the Institute of Society, Culture, and Environment, and Professor of Human Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She has published over 150 scholarly articles and book chapters, is the editor/author of ten books, and has earned numerous university and professional awards, including the Gerontological Society of America Behavioral and Social Science Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Pt. I The Social Context of Community Resource Delivery
1 On the Threshold of a New Era 3
2 Legislative Foundations for Programs, Services, and Benefits Supporting Older Adults 13
3 Patterns of Service Use and Theories of Help-Seeking Behavior 36
Pt. II Continuum of Services
4 Information and Referral 53
5 Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs 73
6 Education Programs 92
7 Senior Centers and Recreation 115
8 Employment Programs 135
9 Income Programs 152
10 Nutrition and Meal Programs 167
11 Health Care and Wellness 189
12 Mental Health Services 218
13 Legal Services 237
14 Transportation 261
15 Housing 285
16 Case Management 315
17 Home Care Services 335
18 Respite Services 355
19 Long-Term Care Services 373
Pt. III Preparing for the Future
20 Programs and Services in on Era of Change 403
App State Units on Aging 409
References 417
Index 455
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