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

Fifth Edition


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.
 
Part I. The Social Context of Community Resource Delivery
 
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  
 
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: First Step In-Home -Day Program, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, Wichita, KS  
Funding for the Older Americans Act  
Outcomes of the Older Americans Act  
 
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  
Suggestions for Further Reading  
 
Part II. The Continuum of Services
 
4. Information and Assistance
Policy Background  
Across the Globe: I&R/A in Scotland: The Age Scotland’s Helpline  
Users and Programs  
For Your Files: Eldercare Locator  
Best Practice: Information and Referral/Assistance Services—National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment  
Characteristics of Programs  
Developing and Maintaining a Resource Database  
Promotion of Information and Referral Services  
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  
Enhancing Information and Referral Services  
Enhancing Information and Referral Databases  
Supporting the Future of Information and Referral  
Best Practice: Using New Technologies to Provide I&R/A  
Case Study: Finding and Asking for Help  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
5. Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Best Practice: The Nevada Rural Counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program  
Best Practice: Aetna Life and Casualty Senior Volunteer Program  
Across the Globe: Magic Me Intergenerational Arts Programs  
For Your Files: The Illinois Intergenerational Initiative  
Challenges for Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs  
Case Study: Reconnecting With the Community  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
6. Education Programs
Educational Level of Older Adults  
Lifelong Education  
For Your Files: Seniors and Literacy  
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
For Your Files: Leadership Training for Older Persons  
Best Practice: Joliet Junior College Plus Workforce Center  
Across the Globe: University of the Third Age (U A)  
For Your Files: Women Work!  
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  
 
7. Senior Centers and Recreation
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
For Your Files: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center  
Barriers to Senior Center Participation  
For Your Files: Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center  
Models of Senior Centers  
Best Practice: Serving Rural Seniors  
Programs Offered at Senior Centers  
Best Practice: Innovative Programming at Senior Centers  
Across the Globe: Hikarigaoka Senior Center, Nerima, Tokyo, Japan  
Addressing Diversity  
Challenges for Senior Centers  
Case Study: Loneliness of a Caregiver  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
8. Employment Programs
Policy Background  
For Your Files: Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College  
Users and Programs  
For Your Files: Job-Seeking Online  
Across the Globe: Silver Human Resource Center (SHRC)—Japan  
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  
 
9. Income Programs
Policy Background  
Across the Globe: Canada’s Guaranteed Income Supplement  
For Your Files: Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans  
Users and Programs  
Best Practices: Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program  
Challenges for Income Programs  
Case Study: When the System Fails  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
10. Nutrition and Meal Programs
Nutritional Status Among Older Adults  
Physical and Psychosocial Factors That Influence Nutritional Status  
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Best Practice: Two Coasts, Two Meals on Wheels Programs  
For Your Files: Campus Kitchens Project  
Challenges for Nutrition Programs  
Case Study: Good Nutrition—Making Independence Possible  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
11. Health Care and Wellness
Health Status of Older Adults  
For Your Files: ABLEDATA  
Federal Health Care Policy  
Health Promotion and Wellness  
Across the Globe: Health Promotion Program—Well for Life, State Government of Victoria, Australia  
Best Practice: REACH Program, Corpus Christi, Texas  
For Your Files: National Institute on Aging Physical Activity Resources  
Best Practice: EnhanceFitness  
Challenges for Health Care and Health Promotion Programs  
Case Study: Health Concerns After Retirement  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
12. Mental Health Services
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Best Practice: Lifespan’s Geriatric Addiction Program  
Across the Globe: Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People  
FYI: Mental Health Resources and Toolkits  
Best Practice: Gatekeeper Program  
Challenges for Mental Health Programs  
Case Study: Schizophrenia Complicates Care Needs  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
13. Legal Services
Policy Background  
For Your Files: National Resources to Support Elder Law  
Users: Legal Problems of Older Adults  
Best Practice: National Association of Triads, Inc.  
For Your Files: Two National Resources for Elder Abuse and Neglect Information  
Legal Assistance Programs  
For Your Files: The Samuel Sadin Institute on Law and Public Policy  
Best Practice: Dispute Resolution Center  
Challenges for Legal Programs and Services  
Across the Globe: Legal Aid for Older Adults in the United Kingdom  
Case Study: A Widow in Legal Trouble  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
14. Transportation
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Best Practice: Lane Transit District, Eugene, Oregon  
Across the Globe: Programs to Encourage Mobility Among Older Adults  
Best Practice: Partners in Care and the Ride Partners Program  
Best Practice: Ride Sharing Evolves to Serving Older Adults  
Challenges for Transportation Programs  
Case Study: A Need for Transportation Planning and Coordination  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
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  
Across the Globe: Old Age Homes  
Best Practice: Mary Sandoe House  
Challenges for Supportive Living Environments  
Case Study: Finding a New Home  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
16. Support Services for Family Caregivers
Policies Supporting Family Caregivers  
Across the Globe: Elder Care in Sweden  
Users and Programs  
For Your Files: Families Caring for an Aging America  
Best Practice: New York University Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI)  
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 Caregiver Support Programs and Services  
Case Study: A Difficult Decision  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
17. Care Management
Policy Background  
Users and Programs  
Best Practice: Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute  
For Your Files: Aging Life Care Association  
Care Management Programs  
For Your Files: Connecticut Community Care, Inc.  
For Your Files: Professional Care Management Institute  
Across the Globe: Agency for Integrated Care  
Challenges for Care Management Programs  
Case Study: When Information and Referral Are Not Enough  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
18. 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  
Across the Globe: Hospice Malta  
For Your Files: Hospice of the Florida Suncoast  
Best Practice: Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast  
Case Study: Will Home Health Care Work for Harriet?  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
19. Long-Term Care Services
Policy Background  
Payment for Nursing Home Care  
Users and Programs  
For Your Files: Long-Term Care Insurance  
Long-Term Care Facilities  
For Your Files: Special Care Unit in Lynden, Washington  
Across the Globe: Special Care for Persons With Dementia in the Netherlands  
Staffing Patterns  
Best Practice: Intergenerational Programs at St. John Lutheran Nursing Home  
Activity Programs  
For Your Files: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care  
Improving Quality of Life in Nursing Homes  
For Your Files: Two Alternative Models for Nursing Home Care  
Challenges for Nursing Homes in the Future  
Learning Activities  
For More Information  
 
Part III. Preparing for the Future
 
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 Twenty-First-Century Aging  

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

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

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.







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