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Community Resources for Older Adults

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

Fifth Edition
  • Robbyn R. Wacker - St. Cloud State University, USA, University of Northern Colorado, USA
  • Karen A. Roberto - Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, Virginia Tech University, USA

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
April 24, 2019
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.

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