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Community Resources for Older Adults
Programs and Services in an Era of Change

Third Edition


© 2008 | 488 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Features and Benefits:

- Provides an overview of legislation that provides the foundation for aging related benefits and services

- Discusses theories that help predict service use, thus offering readers a framework to understand why older adults often do not use services

- Provides case studies that encourage critical thinking about the delivery and use of community resources

- Descrbes both public and private programs and services available to older adults, in-depth reviews of the current body of empirical literature in each program area, and discussions of the challenges programs and services will face in the future

- Includes best practice examples of community programs from around the country that illustrate unique ways to meet the needs of older adults

- Lists national organizations and Internet resources for each topic area

- Includes learning activities that challenge students to explore the community resources that exist in the reader's locale

 
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 SeniorNet  
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: EnhanceFitness  
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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Robbyn R. Wacker

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. More About Author

Karen A. Roberto

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... More About Author

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