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.
About the Author
Carole B. Cox, PhD,
is Professor, 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. Dr. Cox 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 ofTo Grandmothers House We Go and Stay: Perspectives on Custodial Grandparents (Springer Publishing Company, 2000). Her other books includeHome Care for the Elderly: An International Perspective, co-authored with Abraham Monk (1991); The Frail Elderly: Problems, Needs, and Community Responses (1993); Ethnicity and Social Work Practice, co-authored with Paul Ephross
(1998); Community Care for an Aging Society: Policies and Services (Springer Publishing Company, 2005); and Dementia and Social Work Practice (Springer Publishing Company, 2007).
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Table of Contents
- Community Care for an Aging Society
- Determining Needs for Care
- Policy Affecting Care
- Community Programs and Services
- Housing Needs and Responses
- The Role of the Family in Providing Care
- Ethnicity and Care
- New Responses in Community Care
- The Challenges of Caring for an Aging Society
What People are Saying About This
"Written by an author well qualified in the area of gerontological policy and practice, this book frames both issues along a continuum. Rather than a discipline-specific text, the book is intended for both students and practitioners. Cox focuses immediately on the conflict created within our society in which older adults who are unable to function with complete independance are placed in skilled care facilities. From there, she takes the reader through the fragmented maze of policies and services that exist within the community for the 'benefit' of the older adult population. Well organized...the content is well referenced with supporting literature and research...provides an overview of contemporary community-based aging issues." --Journal of Women and Aging
"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