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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social welfare & social services > Care of the elderly

Self-Neglecting Elders - A Clinical Dilemma (Hardcover, New): Eloise Rathborn-McCuan, Dorothy R. Fabian Self-Neglecting Elders - A Clinical Dilemma (Hardcover, New)
Eloise Rathborn-McCuan, Dorothy R. Fabian
R1,858 Discovery Miles 18 580 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

While elder abuse is a topic that has been widely explored, elder self-neglect is a subject that has not really been defined, much less discussed at any length. This volume is the first comprehensive work on the prevalent geriatric problem of self-neglect. It contains original clinical research and analyzes the medical, psychological, and social aspects of geriatric self-neglect from various perspectives of professionals within the geriatric field.

This volume opens with an overview of elder self-neglect, including a general framework that describes exactly what is involved with this clinical problem. The authors then explore the broad societal implications of self-neglect before going on to examine special risks and subgroups that are associated with this dilemma. The final chapter investigates areas of research likely to enhance further understanding of this problem. Social workers, nurses and geriatric professionals who are concerned with this threat to our elderly will find this volume to be a valuable resource that provides an interdisciplinary perspective on health and social services.

Families and Retirement (Hardcover): Maximiliane E. Szinovacz, David J. Ekerdt, Barbara H. Vinick Families and Retirement (Hardcover)
Maximiliane E. Szinovacz, David J. Ekerdt, Barbara H. Vinick
R2,880 Discovery Miles 28 800 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The individual nature of the transition from being a member of the workforce to being retired has been the focus of previous books on retirement. In contrast, this book explores the impact of retirement upon family relationships and functioning.

Among the topics examined are: gender and ethnic differences; the roles of children and siblings; and the multiple changes retirement creates in marital interaction. The contributors also discuss various theoretical models, analyses of research and methodological problems associated with studying families with retired members, and present new data on these issues.

Wages for Caring - Compensating Family Care of the Elderly (Hardcover, New): Suzanne R. England, Sharon Keigher, Nathan Linsk,... Wages for Caring - Compensating Family Care of the Elderly (Hardcover, New)
Suzanne R. England, Sharon Keigher, Nathan Linsk, Lori Simon-Rusinowitz
R1,161 Discovery Miles 11 610 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Wages for Caring" examines policies and programs of compensation for family caregivers of the disabled elderly from a broad analytical perspective, weighing current policies of home care services against principles of access, equity, quality, and funding of long-term care. Linsk, Keigher, Simon-Rusinowitz, and England challenge widely held assumptions that currently hold the family responsible for care, and accept the government's role in deterring or delaying institutionalization. The authors focus on programs and policies that already exist which could be adjusted to include families and to promote support of family caregiving. In assessing the potential of broad implementation of wages for caring, they contend that if implemented appropriately, family compensation may offer benefits not available through any other kind of service system.

First, the authors review incentives to family care and services to families providing home care, and include an overview of attendance allowance and caregiver compensation programs in other developed countries. Next, they present several original studies in an integrated format to allow for the analysis of pros and cons of several compensated family care programs. Third, they examine provisions of Medicaid programs at the state level, as well as provisions of the aging network and their potential to complement family care. The focus is largely on poor clients and families, for whom the burden of care has the most relevant costs in terms of potential government liability. Finally, the authors develop consumer centered criteria to evaluate policy and program provisions, with special attention to the special needs of low-income elderly and their families. Wages for Caring will prove particularly useful to public policymakers, social workers, gerontologists, and researchers.

U.S. Aging Policy Interest Groups - Institutional Profiles (Hardcover, New): Jimmy E.W. Meyer, David D. Van Tassel U.S. Aging Policy Interest Groups - Institutional Profiles (Hardcover, New)
Jimmy E.W. Meyer, David D. Van Tassel
R1,438 Discovery Miles 14 380 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This reference book defines the work of major organizations in the United States concerned with public policies that affect 30 million elderly Americans today. In-depth analyses of the strategies, programs, and publications of eighty-three national non-profit and non-partisan groups give an overview of citizen work on behalf of the aging and the aged. A brief history of organizational development and a listing of pertinent national legislation provides important background information. Directories of other important organizations, a selected bibliography, a full index, and cross-references make this volume easy for students, professionals, and citizen activists to use.

Entries are arranged alphabetically--each entry contains sections on the origin and development of the group, its organization and funding, policy concerns and tactics, electoral activity, and publications and sources for further information. This volume joins a series of references that deal with the formation of public policy among different interest groups in the United States.

Families and Retirement (Paperback): Maximiliane E. Szinovacz, David J. Ekerdt, Barbara H. Vinick Families and Retirement (Paperback)
Maximiliane E. Szinovacz, David J. Ekerdt, Barbara H. Vinick
R1,424 Discovery Miles 14 240 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The individual nature of the transition from being a member of the workforce to being retired has been the focus of previous books on retirement. In contrast, this book explores the impact of retirement upon family relationships and functioning.

Among the topics examined are: gender and ethnic differences; the roles of children and siblings; and the multiple changes retirement creates in marital interaction. The contributors also discuss various theoretical models, analyses of research and methodological problems associated with studying families with retired members, and present new data on these issues.

In-home Care for Older People - Health and Supportive Services (Paperback, Umi Ed.): Marcia G. Ory, Alfred P. Duncker In-home Care for Older People - Health and Supportive Services (Paperback, Umi Ed.)
Marcia G. Ory, Alfred P. Duncker
R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Bringing the reader up-to-date on research in home care, respite services and board and care homes for older adults, this volume focuses on the characteristics of different home care models and the implications of these models for effectiveness, coordination, efficiency and quality assurance.

Serving the Elderly - Skills for Practice (Paperback, New): Paul Kim Serving the Elderly - Skills for Practice (Paperback, New)
Paul Kim
R1,112 Discovery Miles 11 120 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Broadly speaking there are two kinds of professional practice skills relevant to the burgeoning field of gerontological human service: clinical modalities and macro strategies. This book identifies seven essential approaches to clinical gerontology, including five of the most important macro skills that all professionals in the field will need to acquire, and it presents each of them in a single collection intended to serve as a basic text and reference work for academic and in-service training.

Each contributor to this volume speaks with recognized expertise on his/her preferred subject, while mindful of the larger purpose of the collection as a whole. In a concluding chapter, Dr. Kim draws on his own long and successful experience in obtaining financial support for his programs and provides a wealth of useful information on the preparation of grant proposals and the conduct of other fundraising activities.

"Serving the Elderly" is adaptable to the uses of a wide variety of geriatric health care providers, from students and trainees in social work, clinical psychology, and other care-giving professions to already established practitioners who are branching out in gerontology.

The New Aging - Politics and Change in America (Paperback, New): Fernando M.Torres- Gil The New Aging - Politics and Change in America (Paperback, New)
Fernando M.Torres- Gil
R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This most timely, authoritative, and insightful book provides a new framework for understanding the circumstances currently surrounding America's elderly. It establishes the important foundation of three key forces which are changing the national perspective on the aging. They are: generational claims on the government to respond to social needs; diversity in aging populations; and increasing longevity. Torres-Gil provides a context, supported by informative background material, for recognizing the significant demographic changes being experienced in the United States. The work considers the policy issues, decisions, controversies, and choices now associated with aging and demonstrates how the perception of the elderly has changed from the 1960s and 1970s to today. It asks what is fair in the allocation of public and private resources to the elderly. How does the nation pay for services? How do we make and implement the political and economic decisions with which a government and a society are now faced?

Torres-Gil examines the ability of the government and the active labor force to support a large elderly population and urges a change in the current delivery of services and benefits. He addresses all the essential issues necessary to avoid inter-generational conflict--including comprehensive planning, the building of social consensus, and inter-generational coalitions.

The Ends of Time - Life and Work in a Nursing Home (Paperback, New): Joel S. Savishinsky The Ends of Time - Life and Work in a Nursing Home (Paperback, New)
Joel S. Savishinsky
R911 Discovery Miles 9 110 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A lively account of life in a decent American nursing home, this book offers an in-depth look at American geriatric facilities. Using six years of anthropological research, Joel Savishinsky analyzes the lives and experiences of residents, staff members, and volunteers. He addresses the contradictory attitudes American society has shown towards geriatric facilities and the aging process itself: the tensions between caring and curing, morality and mortality, privacy and supervision, home and institution, and selfishness and altruism.

Savishinsky portrays the strengths and weaknesses of the nursing home in a humanistic way, emphasizing how the nursing home affects the individuals who live and work there. He also discusses inventive recreation programs, such as pet therapy, suggesting they can alleviate loneliness and provide meaningful opportunities for residents. Savishinsky challenges the stereotypic view of aging and institutional life, concluding that not all nursing homes are warehouses for the dying; he offers several recommendations for improving the quality of life and work in geriatric institutions. This book is presented in nontechnical language and is valuable to the general reader as well as to professionals in health, social science, social work, and gerontology.

International Handbook on Old-Age Insurance (Hardcover, New): Fred C Pampel, Martin B. Tracy International Handbook on Old-Age Insurance (Hardcover, New)
Fred C Pampel, Martin B. Tracy
R1,436 Discovery Miles 14 360 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

One measure of public program response to rapidly expanding older populations is the approach to old-age pensions under social insurance, social assistance, and provident fund systems. Social insurance is clearly the preferred method of meeting the income needs of the elderly, but historical, as well as current social and economic conditions are forcing many nations to reevaluate the characteristics of viable and sustainable social insurance programs. This has led to a variety of innovations in old-age pension programs development, including revised benefit formulas, raised retirement ages, increased income testing, and expanded reliance on private occupational supplemental programs.

The essays in this new international handbook analyze the impact of the economic, social, and cultural effects of aging populations on government social insurance policies. They offer a perspective on how twenty different countries have approached income maintenance programs for the elderly. Collectively, the contributors demonstrate how governments, non-governmental entities, communities, and families respond to changes in traditional income and social service support systems. They provide not only descriptions of existing programs, but also a better understanding of the factors that gave rise to their distinct characteristics. This important new collection will be required reading for everyone involved in elderly services.

Social Policies for the Elderly in the Third World (Hardcover, New): Martin B. Tracy Social Policies for the Elderly in the Third World (Hardcover, New)
Martin B. Tracy
R1,422 Discovery Miles 14 220 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This volume proposes a clearly structured method to study social programs for the elderly in economically developing nations. Martin B. Tracy approaches the problem with a practical rather than academic or purely technical model, formulating specific criteria to measure the applicability of one country's social welfare program to another country's needs.

The study opens with an overview of the challenge facing developing countries as their elderly populations increase. Attention then turns to a description of the analytical model itself, and its application to the People's Republic of China, Kerala State in India, Mexico, Nigeria, and Turkey. Each case study answers specific questions, and thereby outlines a program which is a unique response to the particular needs of each region. Concluding with a summary of the major trends found in the studies, the work can serve as a valuable tool for social policy makers in the development of suitable programs and for educators of cross-national policy analysis.

Countertransference and Older Clients (Paperback): Bonnie Genevay, Ren ee S Katz Countertransference and Older Clients (Paperback)
Bonnie Genevay, Ren ee S Katz
R1,375 Discovery Miles 13 750 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book asserts that professionals who work with the old, the disabled and the dying need to confront their own fears of growing old and perhaps helpless, of dying and the unknown, as well as their need for control, professional omnipotence and their need to be needed. Examination of the feelings experienced by the therapist towards the client is regarded as an important therapeutic tool and the basis for empathy and deeper understanding of both the older client's and the helper's own processes. Many case studies are woven throughout the book to illustrate how practitioners can use their own feelings and behaviour to work with clients more effectively.

Centenarians - The New Generation (Hardcover): Nera K. Wilson, Belle Boone Beard, Albert J. E. Wilson Centenarians - The New Generation (Hardcover)
Nera K. Wilson, Belle Boone Beard, Albert J. E. Wilson
R1,867 Discovery Miles 18 670 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Successful survivors speak for themselves in this exhaustive study of the lives, attitudes, and lifestyles of more than 500 centenarians. A product of the late pioneer gerontological researcher Belle Boone Beard's over forty years of teaching, study, research, and writing in the field of aging, the book extends the author's belief that centenarians have a grasp of the essence of life itself. The volume, not a statistical research report, is based on the largest collection of data on centenarians to date. The centenarians describe their characteristics, lifestyles, and personal philosophies in response to questions such as: What characteristics and daily living patterns aided their longevity? and Do centenarians have answers about survival and successful living? Separate sections address the areas of health, education, socioeconomic status, work, social life, philosophy, romance, and individuality. Beard's insights regarding the personal characteristics and principles by which centenarians live contain some unexpected findings in the areas of social relationships and social environments. This posthumously edited volume is faithful to Beard's goals, writing style, and content themes. The five-part volume begins with an introduction that contains an overview of centenarians from the point of view of the author's forty years of study. Part II describes some of the personal characteristics of centenarians' daily lives and points up important commonalities in actions, thought, and goals. Centenarians' contributions in the areas of work, family, and community are presented in Part III, which highlights their imagination, work ethic, and persistent romantic feeling about all of life. The focus of Part IV is on the relationship between personal growth achievements and national history. The last part reports on the study's findings and suggests further research implications. The appendices contribute documentation, fifteen short stories by or about centenarians, and a form for contacting the Belle Boone Beard Gerontology Center. Excellent supplemental reading for courses in Interdisciplinary Gerontology, Sociology of Aging, Psychology of Aging, and Demographics, this volume will also be of interest to any reader who wishes to learn about the correlates of extreme longevity.

Suicide Among the Elderly in Long-Term Care Facilities (Hardcover, New): Nancy J. Osgood, Barbara Brant, Aaron P. Lipman Suicide Among the Elderly in Long-Term Care Facilities (Hardcover, New)
Nancy J. Osgood, Barbara Brant, Aaron P. Lipman
R1,859 Discovery Miles 18 590 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This is the first large-scale study of suicide in a population of institutionalized older adults. From their findings, the authors identify the most "at risk" groups and highlight the major factors contributing to suicide in older adults in institutions. The study described in this work employed a sample survey design. More than 1000 administrators of long-term care facilities in the United States were randomly selected and surveyed about their staff and facilities, and the incidence and type of suicidal behaviors which occurred among residents in 1984 and 1985. Results of the study confirmed that suicidal behavior occurred in approximately 20 percent of the facilities who responded. High risk groups of residents included white males and the "old-old" (75 years and older). The survey reveals that certain environmental factors such as the size of the facility, staff turnover rate, per diem cost, and auspices (public, private, and religious) were related to the occurrence and outcome of suicidal behavior. Suggestions for suicide prevention, based on these findings, are also presented. The book is divided into three parts. Part One examines various types of long-term care facilities, including skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, and adult homes. Part Two highlights design, methodology, and findings from the national study of suicide in long-term care facilities. Case profiles of suicidal residents are included to provide a more personal account of suicide behavior, and to illustrate important factors in the older individual's decision to end her/his life. Case profiles of four institutions are also included to highlight environmental factors related to suicidalbehavior. Part Three focuses on suicide prevention. Suggestions on the treatment of depression in the elderly, suicide prevention techniques, and the ethics of suicide are discussed in detail. This book makes valuable reading for professionals involved in the care of the elderly.

Geriatric Nursing Assistants - An Annotated Bibliography with Models to Enhance Practice (Hardcover, Annotated edition): George... Geriatric Nursing Assistants - An Annotated Bibliography with Models to Enhance Practice (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
George H. Weber
R905 Discovery Miles 9 050 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This up-to-date bibliography of heretofore scattered references to nursing assistants includes literature pertinent to the construction of models to improve nursing assistant practice and emphasizes the psychosocial skills that are invaluable to the nursing assistant's work. Annotated reviews center on the tasks and context of nursing assistant work and ways to improve practice through training, organizational development, advocacy, and bargaining. Additional chapters present a tentative psychosocial model of nursing assistant practice, offer six intervention models, and investigate ways of further developing the nursing assistant occupation. Very highly recommended. Choice The role of the nursing home has expanded in the late twentieth century due to both the growing percentage of elderly in the U.S. population and to society's tendency to over-institutionalize people. In recent years, the kinds and quality of care given to the elderly in nursing homes have received intense scrutiny. This timely bibliography focuses on nursing assistants--the personnel who are with the elderly around the clock, doing a variety of tasks, ranging from helping them with basic functions to comforting them during periods of distress. Nursing assistants provide as much as 90 percent of the direct care received by the elderly in the nursing home setting. Emphasizing the psychosocial skills that make the nursing assistant's job so important to the well being of nursing home residents, Geriatric Nursing Assistants collects and annotates the heretofore scattered references to nursing assistants and includes literature pertinent to the construction of models that improve nursing-assistant practice. The first four chapters present the annotated reviews, which are organized in anticipation of the practice enhancement models discussed in Chapter Six. These reviews center on the tasks and context of the nursing assistant's work and on ways to improve practice through training, organizational development, advocacy, and bargaining. Chapter Five offers a tentative psychosocial concept of nursing-assistant practice that requires further development, detailing the various resident psychosocial circumstances to which the nursing assistant might respond helpfully and the kinds of interventions and techniques which the nursing assistant might attempt. In Chapter Six, intervention models--on inservice training, organizational development, advocacy, and bargaining--are presented in ideal-typical forms that recognize the limitations of daily practice; also, these models emphasize rigorous practice and its evaluation. Activities necessary to further develop the nursing-assistant occupation, including political action, are investigated in Chapter Seven, which also considers the moral aspects of a progressive agenda for nursing assistants. This reference seeks to improve services to nursing home residents and represents a valuable, practical contribution to the geriatric field. It will be useful to nursing home administrators and directors of nursing homes who must address ways to improve the working conditions of nursing assistants; to academicians in their research, training, and advocacy efforts; and to the training directors and supervisors in the field who can directly aid nursing assistants in the acquisition of needed knowledge and skills.

Economics of Population Aging - The Graying of Australia, Japan, and the United States (Hardcover): Allan Borowski, William H.... Economics of Population Aging - The Graying of Australia, Japan, and the United States (Hardcover)
Allan Borowski, William H. Crown, James H. Schulz
R1,875 Discovery Miles 18 750 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book examines claims that aging populations will create serious economic problems for various nations. It examines the question in large part through the eyes of researchers and legislators in three target countries: Australia, Japan, and the United States. These countries were chosen because of similar states of economic development and because all were experiencing a rapid aging of their populations. A comprehensive overview is provided of the economic issues related to aging populations. Several aspects are explored in more depth. To date, it is the most complete and thorough study of economic issues associated with population aging. After a brief review of the phenomenon of demographic aging, the authors give a summary of the major economic programs offered to the aged. Extensive research is used to evaluate the concept of dependency ratios and to predict the impact on younger and older persons of future economic and demographic growth. This discussion then provides the basis for a review of evolving retirement policies in the three countries. Special attention is given to the way pension plans have been designed, especially early and mandatory retirement policies. An assessment of the adequacy of retirement income follows. The final three chapters are devoted to policy options for the future, given trends in demographic aging. Social scientists and economists will be most interested in this study.

Human Services for Older Adults - Concepts and Skills (Paperback, Second Edition): Anita S. Harbert, Leon H Ginsberg Human Services for Older Adults - Concepts and Skills (Paperback, Second Edition)
Anita S. Harbert, Leon H Ginsberg
R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Human Services for Older Adults provides a broad overview of the conditions and context in which today's older adults live, as well as practical information on how to work with them given today's circumstances. Information is provided on the demographic characteristics of older people in America, discussing social, economic, and health problems confronting them and the needs of subgroups among the elderly population such as minority elderly, rural elderly, and older women. The book also provides information on various methods of working with older adults, and social programs available through the government, as well as other sources for meeting the needs of the elderly. The revised edition of a popular text, it is geared toward nurses, social workers, psychologists, gerontologists, counselors, and others who work in senior adult positions and settings.

Who Cares for Them? - Workers in the Home Care Industry (Hardcover, New): Penny Hollander Feldman, Alice M. Sapienza, Nancy M.... Who Cares for Them? - Workers in the Home Care Industry (Hardcover, New)
Penny Hollander Feldman, Alice M. Sapienza, Nancy M. Kane
R1,862 Discovery Miles 18 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Large and growing numbers of the frail elderly and disabled depend on paid workers to assist them in daily life. Who Cares for Them? is the first book to document employment conditions in the home care industry and to address issues relating to job satisfaction and turnover among the paraprofessional (home aide) work force. By zeroing in on the workers who are the foundation of the burgeoning home health industry, the authors are able to identify the critical factors that affect the working conditions and job satisfaction of this group. Feldman, Sapienza, and Kane also evaluate the impact of programs that have been designed to improve work life, reduce turnover, and contribute to greater continuity of care, and they present the broader implications for both home care managers and policy makers. Part I explores the home aide labor market. New survey data on the demographic characteristics and attitudes of home aides in five U.S. cities are presented, and financial conditions in the home health care industry that impact on work life issues are analyzed. Parts II and III report on three unique experiments that used changes in pay and benefits, training and support, and hours of work to reduce turnover and increase continuity of care provided by home aides. The case studies of the experiments and the overview of their results provide detailed information that will prove useful for the design and implementation of work life changes in home care agencies. Management strategies and policy options for upgrading home care employment are surveyed in Part IV. This concluding section of the book presents a number of practical recommendations for managers in the home care industry. Policy changes necessary for ensuring a sufficient and reliable supply of workers to meet the growing demand for home care are also outlined. Sixty-two tables, four figures, and a methodological appendix complement this valuable addition to home health care industry literature. Academics in the fields of gerontology, health policy, and health care management, as well as directors and managers of independent home care agencies and policy makers concerned with the supply of personnel and with the financing and delivery of long-term care and home care will find this groundbreaking study filled with important, timely, and useful information.

Family Relationships in Later Life (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Timothy H Brubaker Family Relationships in Later Life (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Timothy H Brubaker
R1,426 Discovery Miles 14 260 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Directed towards researchers and practitioners in family studies and gerontology, this completely revised Second Edition of Family Relationships in Later Life provides an innovative new collection of research-based descriptions on family relations of older people. Each chapter summarizes existing literature on the topic and provides up-to-date original research. Topics addressed include: sibling relationships in later life; widowhood; ethnic differences; elder abuse and mistreatment; family care; and health problems.

Shared Housing for the Elderly (Hardcover, New): Dale J Jaffe Shared Housing for the Elderly (Hardcover, New)
Dale J Jaffe
R2,029 Discovery Miles 20 290 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book is the first collection of original essays on the topic of elderly shared housing. The approach is multidisciplinary and reflects a rare combination of applied and academic analyses. The focus is on agency-assisted shared housing, a form of shared housing in which a homesharing agency matches a homeprovider, usually an elderly person with room to spare in his or her home and often with needs for assistance, with a homeseeker, usually a younger adult who seeks an inexpensive living arrangement. With the increasing scarcity of moderate- and low-income housing in many regions of the nation and the increasing costs of formal community-based services for the elderly, such homesharing options are becoming increasingly attractive for old and young alike. The first section of the book includes four introductory essays. The goals of this section are to provide a broad descriptive analysis of the history, growth, and current issues facing the shared housing movement, to consider both the urban and rural environments as contexts for shared housing programs, and to offer an overview of shared housing research. The second section contains three chapters which offer regionally specific perspectives on the development of shared housing programs. These include the states of Michigan, California, and the Canadian province of Ontario. Each chapter decribes the issues in service delivery system development within their particular geographic boundaries. The final section of the book contains six case studies of homesharing programs. They are located in Burlington, Vermont, Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wichita, Kansas, and San Jose and Orange County, California. Most emphasize the organizational characteristics and dynamics of the programs, and some present qualitative and quantitative data on homesharing matches. A theme running through the analyses is the fact that community level variables influence the organizational form of the homesharing agency as well as the kinds of clients who are likely candidates for homesharing in particular communities.

Senior Centers in America (Hardcover, New): John A Krout Senior Centers in America (Hardcover, New)
John A Krout
R1,427 Discovery Miles 14 270 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Senior Centers in America presents the most comprehensive and current examination of this important topic available today. Written by one of the leading researchers in the field, this book presents an exhaustive review of local and national studies to provide a complete and multi-faceted analysis of senior centers. Major topics include: historical development and changes over time, center resources and organizational characteristics, activities and services, factors associated with participation, participant versus non-participant profiles, linkages and focal point functions, policy issues such as effectiveness and serving the frail, and future senior center scenarios. The book is research-based and identifies areas in need of additional investigation. However, it is also targeted to practitioners and policy makers and is intended to assist them in formulating policy and examining issues central to senior center planning and operation, now and in the future. Krout makes a strong case for the importance and necessity of senior centers, and presents a cogent analysis of the issues and challenges they must respond to in an era of resource shortfalls, shifting social and health policies, and a changing elderly population. Readers of this book will gain a greater insight into senior center issues and a heightened sense of the need to explore these issues much more fully in the future. For this reason, it should be read by anyone involved with social services to the elderly.

Residential Care for the Elderly - Critical Issues in Public Policy (Hardcover): Sharon A. Baggett Residential Care for the Elderly - Critical Issues in Public Policy (Hardcover)
Sharon A. Baggett
R1,428 Discovery Miles 14 280 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Although residential care and assisted living for older adults has expanded rapidly in recent decades, it has done so in a policy environment beset by confusion and conflicting purposes. Sharon A. Baggett traces many of the current problems to insufficient knowledge of the population these policies are designed to serve. In her examination of the frequently neglected interface between policy and people, she provides a comprehensive review of current federal and state policies, a detailed case study of a state residential care program, and an analysis of the needs and characteristics of persons in assisted living facilities. Baggett's policy overview covers such areas as the confusion between housing and care, supply and demand factors in the economics of residential care, conditions contributing to the increase in numbers of assisted living facilities, and current policies that define and limit the choice of residential alternatives. A case study of Oregon's residential care program shows how that state has adapted federal initiatives to local goals and philosophies of long-term care. Funding mechanisms, regulations, and the role of state agencies in developing and monitoring compliance are discussed. Following a comprehensive profile of facility residents, the question of using functional assessment measures to determine individual needs is explored. Linking the larger policy issues with an in-depth analysis of residents served and actual services provided, this book will be helpful to policy planners and developers, administrators, and case managers, as well as students and academics concerned with housing and assisted living services for the elderly.

Hispanic Elderly in Transition - Theory, Research, Policy and Practice (Hardcover): Steven R. Applewhite Hispanic Elderly in Transition - Theory, Research, Policy and Practice (Hardcover)
Steven R. Applewhite
R1,862 Discovery Miles 18 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

An outstanding examination of the cross-cultural apsects in social work practice and service dealing with Hispanic elderly, in particular Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Mexicans. It provides a historical as well as a sociodemographic overview of the Hispanic aged, and addresses economic, cultural, and health issues affecting their quality of life. This is certainly a notable and comprehensive study of service utilization, variations in aging, politics and public policy, and foremost a collection of research writings of ethnography of Hispanic aging patterns and variabilities. Most highly recommended for public and academic libraries and for class use. LA Red/The Net A notable contribution to the literature dealing with ethnic variations in aging, this volume of interrelated original essays looks at how Hispanic elderly living in the United States are adapting to the present, maintaining links to the past, and determining the roles they may have in shaping the future. Addressing economic, social, cultural, and health issues that affect the quality of life of older Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Hispanics, the book offers both comprehensive analyses of selected topics and descriptive case studies of community life together with theoretical paradigms and practice models in the field of minority aging.

Elder Abuse - Conflict in the Family (Paperback): Karl Pillemer, Rosalie S Wolf Elder Abuse - Conflict in the Family (Paperback)
Karl Pillemer, Rosalie S Wolf
R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This volume presents important findings on conflict and abuse in families of the aged. A valuable resource for those in sociology, psychology, gerontology, and social work as well as psychotherapists who work with the aged, the staff of elder abuse programs, adult protective service workers, and legislators. the authors provide a fresh, historically balanced, empirical and theoretical framework for the view that elder abuse and neglect is an extreme manifestation of family conflict.

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This volume presents important findings on conflict and abuse in families of the aged. A valuable resource for those in sociology, psychology, gerontology, and social work as well as psychotherapists who work with the aged, the staff of elder abuse programs, adult protective service workers, and legislators.

Old Age in a Bureaucratic Society - The Elderly, the Experts, and the State in American Society (Hardcover): David D. Van... Old Age in a Bureaucratic Society - The Elderly, the Experts, and the State in American Society (Hardcover)
David D. Van Tassel, Peter N Sterns
R1,154 Discovery Miles 11 540 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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