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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
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF COMMUNITY RESOURCE DELIVERY
 
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

 
 
PART II THE CONTINUUM OF SERVICES
 
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

 
Hospice

 
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

 
 
PART III PREPARING FOR 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

 
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

Supplements

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 TO THIS EDITION:
  • 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.

KEY FEATURES:

  • 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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