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Community Resources for Older Adults

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

Fifth Edition
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July 2018 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.

The Authors’ Purpose
Chapter 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 Book  
Chapter 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 Act  
Chapter 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 Practice  
Chapter 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 Services  
Chapter 5 Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Intergenerational Programs  
Challenges for Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs  
Chapter 6 Education Programs
Educational Level of Older Adults  
Lifelong Education  
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Challenges for Educational Programs  
Chapter 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 Centers  
Chapter 8 Employment Programs
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Challenges for Older Workers and Employment Programs  
Chapter 9 Income Programs
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Challenges for Income Programs  
Chapter 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 Programs  
Chapter 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 Programs  
Chapter 12 Mental Health Services
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Geriatric Mental Health Workforce  
Challenges for Mental Health Programs  
Chapter 13 Legal Services
Policy Background  
Users: Legal Problems of Older Adults  
Legal Assistance Programs  
Challenges for Legal Programs and Services  
Chapter 14 Transportation
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Challenges for Transportation Programs  
Chapter 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 Environments  
Chapter 16 Caregiver Support Services
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Challenges for Caregiver Support Programs and Services  
Chapter 17 Care Management
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Care Management Programs  
Challenges for Care Management Programs  
Chapter 18 Home Care Services
Home Care  
Challenges for Home Health Care  
Challenges for Hospice  
Chapter 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 Future  
Chapter 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 Aging  
About the Authors


Instructor Resource Site

The password-protected Instructor Resource Site provides chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation.

This is a excellent textbook for teaching Gerontology Care Management; I highly recommend it.

Dr Madelyn Harvey
Social Work, Piedmont Community Clg-Person
October 25, 2018
Key features
  • New and updated coverage provides timely information on a range of topics such as:

o    laws and policies proposed or enacted by the Trump administration;

o    the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA);

o    existing legislation and programs that have changed over time;

o    the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program;

o    the Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders (GRACE) model of primary care; and

o    the Guided Care model of health care.

  • Expanded narrative includes multigenerational perspectives, civic engagement, livable communities, and diverse populations of older adults.
  • Coverage of mental health services and caregiver support services in two distinct chapters instead of the previous edition’s one chapter on mental health gives appropriate attention to these topics.
  • Updated For Your Files, Best Practices, and Across the Globe call-out boxes in each chapter offer readers useful references and information.
  • New research covers naturally occurring retirement community, Supportive Services Program, the Senior Village Model, senior cohousing, and foster care.
  • Explanations and updated changes pertaining to many important programs include PACE, Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare, and all Older Americans Act programs.


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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 11: Health Care and Wellness

Chapter 15: Housing

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