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Community Resources for Older Adults

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

Fourth Edition

© 2014 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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, Fourth Edition, answers these and other critical questions and provides a theoretical framework for understanding the forces that shape older adults' likelihood to seek assistance. To give students the foundational knowledge they need to meet the needs of their older clients, the authors provide 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.
1. On the Threshold of a New Era
2. Legislative Foundations for Programs, Services, and Benefits Supporting Older Adults
3. Patterns of Service Use and Theories of Help-Seeking Behavior
4. Information and Assistance
5. Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs
6. Education Programs
7. Senior Centers and Recreation
8. Employment Programs
9. Income Programs
10. Nutrition and Meal Programs
11. Health Care and Wellness
12. Mental Health Services
13. Legal Services
14. Transportation
15. Housing
16. Care Management
17. Home Care Services
18. Respite Services
19. Long-Term Care Services
20. Programs and Services in an Era of Change
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Provides a good overview of elder services while addressing issues related to social policies and families. Students LOVED this text and several said they were going to purchase their own copy for reference. Great book!

Dr Sue Myllykangas
Health Phys Ed Rec Dance Dept, Northwest Missouri State Univ
December 27, 2014

Updated version of adopted book.

Dr Dan Van Dussen
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Youngstown State University
December 11, 2014

This textbook includes up-to-date information on programs and services for older adults in a format that my students find easy to study and absorb. The case studies encourage analysis and problem solving.

Ms Catherine Bacus
Gerontology, Chaffey College
September 30, 2014

Comprehensive resource, unique in that it has the policy background aspect.

Professor Christina Daley
Healthcare administration, Penn State Univ-Harrisburg
July 26, 2014

After teaching the same class for 15 years, I can say this is the best textbook for this course.

Mr Joaquin Anguera
School Of Social Work, San Diego St Univ-San Diego
April 17, 2014

fits course topic perfectly

Dr Patricia Tweet
Sociology Dept, St John Fisher College
July 17, 2013
Key features


  • Coverage of newly enacted or revised policies includes the Affordable Care Act, Elderhostel (now Road Scholar), Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) transportation legislation, Administration on Aging restructure, the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act and Jobs Act, Living Equitably—Grandparents Aiding Children and Youth (LEGACY) Act, and the Edward Kennedy Service Act.
  • Udated descriptions of programs and services available to older adults includes the latest coverage of intentional communities, co-housing, and LGBT retirement communities.
  • Updated data, tables, and figures depict the changing demographic of aging and includes an expanded discussion of changes in the growth of older population by regions and states.
  • Increased emphasis on diversity and cultural competence issues throughout the book reflects the increasing importance of diversity as a critical part of delivering effective care.
  • New best-practice examples of community programs across the nation and the globe, as well as international programmatic resources, illustrate unique ways to meet the needs of older adults.
  • New and expanded coverage includes services for LGBT elders, rural elders, immigrants, and other special populations, as well as multigenerational perspectives, civic engagement, senior centers, and livable communities.
  • Additional models for care have been added, including the Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders (GRACE) model of primary care and the Guided Care model of health care.


  • A wide range of case studies encourage critical thinking about the delivery and use of community resources.
  • Theories that help predict service use offer readers a framework to understand why older adults often do not use services.
  • Learning activities challenge students to explore the community resources that exist in their own locale.

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