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

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Overview

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? Community Resources for Older Adults: Programs and Services in an Era of Change, Third Edition, answers these and other critical questions by providing a theoretical framework for understanding the forces that shape older adults’ likelihood to seek assistance.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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 (booknews.com)
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
  • Sales rank: 871,715
  • 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

Author's Purpose
PART I: THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF COMMUNITY RESOURCE DELIVERY
Ch 1. On the Threshold of a New Era
Growth of the Older Population
Growth of the Older Population of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Growth in the Number of Older Adults Living Alone
Implications of Demographic Characteristics for Community Resources
A Text About Programs and Services in an Era of Change
Organization of the Book
Ch 2. Legislative Foundations for Programs, Services, and Benefits Supporting Older Adults
Legislative Foundations of Social Programs and Services
Emergence of the Aging Network
Best Practice: Linking Public and Private Partnerships
Titles of the Older Americans Act
For Your Files: Policy and Planning for Disaster Preparedness
For Your Files: Demonstration Projects Funded Under Title IV
Funding for the Older Americans Act
Outcomes of the Older Americans Act
Ch 3. Patterns of Service Use and Theories of Help-Seeking Behavior
Social Care for Older Adults
Informal and Formal Interaction
Psychosocial Theories of Service Use
The Psychology of Help-Seeking Behavior
Best Practice: Equity Theory in Action
Application of Theory in Practice
PART II: THE CONTINUUM OF SERVICES
Ch 4. Information and Assistance
Policy Background
For Your Files: Eldercare Locator
Users and Programs
Best Practice: Information and Referral/Assistance Services — Medicare Information Outreach
Characteristics of Programs
Developing and Maintaining a Resource File
Promotion of Information and Referral Services
Functions of Information and Referrals
Information and Referral Process
Best Practice: Information and Referral/Assistance Services
Information and Referral Services with a National Scope
Challenges for Information and Referral Services
For Your Files: The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems
Case Study: Finding and Asking for Help
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 5. Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs
Policy Background
Users and Programs
Best Practice: The Nevada Rural Counties RSVP
Best Practice: Aetna Life and Casualty Senior Volunteer Program
For Your Files: Illinois Intergenerational Initiative
Challenges for Senior Volunteer Programs
Case Study: Reconnecting with the Community
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 6. Education Programs
Educational Level of Older Adults
Literacy in the Older Adult Population
Lifelong Education
For Your Files: Seniors and Literacy Policy Background
Users and Programs
For Your Files: Leadership Training for Older Persons
For Your Files: Women Work!
Best Practice: The Close Up Foundation
For Your Files: Computer Learning Through Senior Net
Challenges for Educational Programs
Case Study: Can Further Education Help a Downsized Worker?
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 7. Senior Centers and Recreation
Policy Background
Users and Programs
For Your Files: The New Leaf Outreach to Elders
For Your Files: Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center — The Center for All Ages
Best Practice: Serving Rural Seniors
Best Practice: Rural Adult Day Program in a Senior Center — Bozeman, Montana
For Your Files: National Recreation and Park Association
Addressing Diversity
Challenges for Senior Centers
Case Study: Loneliness of a Caregiver
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 8. Employment Programs
Policy Background
Users and Programs
For Your Files: Job Seeking Online
Best Practice: Mature Services
Challenges for Older Worker and Employment Programs
Case Study: Beginning the Journey to Financial Independence at Midlife
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 9. Income Programs
Policy Background
For Your Files: Financial Abuse, Undue Influence, Scams, Frauds, and Protection of Assets
Users and Programs
For Your Files: Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program
Challenges for Income Programs
Case Study: When the System Fails
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 10. Nutrition and Meal Programs
Food Insecurity and Hunger Among Older Adults
Physical and Psychosocial Factors that Influence National Status
Policy Background
Users and Programs
Best Practice: Two Coasts, Two Meals on Wheels Programs
For Your Files: America's Second Harvest Food Bank
Challenges for Nutrition Programs
Case Study: Good Nutrition—Making Independence Possible
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 11. Health Care and Wellness
Health Status of Older Adults
For Your Files: ABLEDATA
Federal Health Care Policy
Health Promotion and Wellness
Best Practice: Parish Nurse Programs
Best Practice: Activity Centers for Seniors—Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Houston, Texas
For Your Files: National Institute on Aging Fitness Guide
Best Practice: Enhance Fitness
Challenges for Health Care and Health Promotion Programs
Case Study: Health Concerns After Retirement
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 12. Mental Health Services
Policy Background
Users and Programs
Best Practice: Lifespan's Geriatric Addiction Program
Best Practice: Gatekeeper Program
Challenges for Mental Health Programs
Mental Health Services for Family Caregivers
Users and Programs
For Your Files: Caregiver Support Groups in America
Challenges for Family Caregiver Mental Health Programs
Case Study: Schizophrenia Complicates Care Needs
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 13. Legal Services
Policy Background
Users: Legal Problems of Older Adults
Best Practice: National Association of Triads, Inc.
For Your Files: The Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)
Legal Assistance Programs
For Your Files: Samuel Sadin Institute on Law
Best Practice: Dispute Resolution Center
Challenges for Legal Programs and Services
Best Practice: Jewish Family and Children's Services
Case Study: A Widow in Legal Trouble
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 14. Transportation
Policy Background
Users and Programs
Best Practice: Lane Transit District, Eugene, Oregon
Best Practice: Partners in Care, Ride Partners Program
Best Practice: Partnering with Taxi Services
Challenges for Transportation Programs
For Your Files: Rural Transit Assistance Program
Case Study: A Need for Transportation Planning and Coordination
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 15. Housing
The Person-Environment Fit Model
Users and Programs: Independent Living Environments
Best Practice: Los Angeles Housing Department Handyworker Program
For Your Files: B'nai B'rith
Best Practice: Supportive Services Program: Public—Private Partnerships
Challenges for Independent Living Programs
Best Practice: Communities for a Lifetime
Supportive Living Environments
Best Practice: Mary Sandoe House
Challenges for Supportive Living Environments
Case Study: Finding a New Home
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 16. Care Management
Policy Background
Users and Programs
Best Practice: Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute
For Your Files: National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
For Your Files: Connecticut Community Care, Inc.
Best Practice: Professional Care Management Institute
Challenges for Care Management Programs
Case Study: When Information and Referral are Not Enough
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 17. Home Care Services
Home Care
For Your Files: National Association for Home Care and Hospice
For Your Files: Caring for Lesbian and Gay Older Adults
Best Practice: Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast
Hospice
For Your Files: Hospice of the Florida Suncoast
Case Study: Will Home Health Care Work for Harriet?
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 18. Respite Services
Policy Background
Users and Programs
For Your Files: Alzheimer's Association
Best Practice: Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation
Best Practice: Social Day Care and Respite Program
Challenges for Respite Programs
Case Study: Respite for a Devoted Caregiver
Learning Activities
For More Information
Ch 19. Long-Term Care Services
Policy Background
Users and Programs
For Your Files: Long-Term Care Insurance
For Your Files: Special Care Unit in Lynden, Washington
Best Practice: Community Certified Nurse Aide Mentoring Training Program
For Your Files: National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
Best Practice: Tough Enough to Care
For Your Files: The Eden Alternative in Nursing Homes
Challenges for Nursing Homes in the Future
Case Study: Defending Individual Rights: A Nursing Home's Dilemma
Learning Activities
For More Information
PART III: PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
Ch 20. Programs and Services in an Era of Change
Social and Political Influences on Aging Policies and Programs
Challenges for the Older Americans Act
References
Index

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