Community Resources for Older Adults provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on programs, services, and policies pertaining to older adults. Authors Robbyn R. Wacker and Karen A. Roberto build reader awareness of programs and discuss how to better understand help-seeking behavior, as well as explain ways to take advantage of the resources available to older adults. The substantially revised Fifth Edition includes new topics and updated research, tables, and figures to help answer key questions about the evolution and utilization of programs for older adults and the challenges that service providers face.
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About 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
Table of Contents
The Authors’ PurposeAcknowledgmentsPART I THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF COMMUNITY RESOURCE DELIVERYChapter 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 Growth in the Number of LGBT Older Adults Implications of Demographic Characteristics for Community Resources A Text About Programs and Services in an Era of Change Organization of the BookChapter 2 Legislative Foundations for Programs, Services, and Benefits Supporting Older Adults Legislative Foundations of Social Programs and Services Emergence of the Aging Network Titles of the Older Americans Act Funding for the Older Americans Act Outcomes of the Older Americans ActChapter 3 Patterns of Service Use and Theories of Help-Seeking Behavior Social Support and Care for Older Adults Informal and Formal Interaction Psychosocial Theories of Service Use The Psychology of Help-Seeking Behavior Application of Theory in PracticePART II THE CONTINUUM OF SERVICESChapter 4 Information and Assistance Policy Background Across the Globe: I&R/A in Scotland: The Age Scotland’s Helpline Users and Programs Characteristics of Programs Developing and Maintaining a Resource Database Promotion of Information and Referral/Assistance Services Information and Referral/Assistance Process Information and Referral/Assistance Services With a National Scope Challenges for Information and Referral ServicesChapter 5 Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs Policy Background Users and Programs Intergenerational Programs Challenges for Volunteer and Intergenerational ProgramsChapter 6 Education Programs Educational Level of Older Adults Lifelong Education Policy Background Users and Programs Challenges for Educational ProgramsChapter 7 Senior Centers and Recreation Policy Background Users and Programs Barriers to Senior Center Participation Models of Senior Centers Programs Offered at Senior Centers Addressing Diversity Challenges for Senior CentersChapter 8 Employment Programs Policy Background Users and Programs Challenges for Older Workers and Employment ProgramsChapter 9 Income Programs Policy Background Users and Programs Challenges for Income ProgramsChapter 10 Nutrition and Meal Programs Nutritional Status Among Older Adults Physical and Psychosocial Factors That Influence Nutritional Status Policy Background Users and Programs Challenges for Nutrition ProgramsChapter 11 Health Care and Wellness Health Status of Older Adults Federal Health Care Policy Health Promotion and Wellness Challenges for Health Care and Health Promotion ProgramsChapter 12 Mental Health Services Policy Background Users and Programs Geriatric Mental Health Workforce Challenges for Mental Health ProgramsChapter 13 Legal Services Policy Background Users: Legal Problems of Older Adults Legal Assistance Programs Challenges for Legal Programs and ServicesChapter 14 Transportation Policy Background Users and Programs Challenges for Transportation ProgramsChapter 15 Housing The Person–Environment Fit Model Users and Programs: Independent Living Environments Challenges for Independent Living Programs Supportive Living Environments Challenges for Supportive Living EnvironmentsChapter 16 Caregiver Support Services Policy Background Users and Programs Challenges for Caregiver Support Programs and ServicesChapter 17 Care Management Policy Background Users and Programs Care Management Programs Challenges for Care Management ProgramsChapter 18 Home Care Services Home Care Challenges for Home Health Care Hospice Challenges for HospiceChapter 19 Long-Term Care Services Policy Background Payment for Nursing Home Care Users and Programs Long-Term Care Facilities Staffing Patterns Activity Programs Improving Quality of Life in Nursing Homes Challenges for Nursing Homes in the FuturePART III PREPARING FOR THE FUTUREChapter 20 Programs and Services in an Era of Change Social and Political Influences on Aging Policies and Programs Challenges for the Older Americans Act Serving a New Generation of Older Adults: Planning for 21st-Century AgingReferencesIndexAbout the Authors