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The proportion of people over 65 is substantially increasing and will continue to do so in the coming decades. Societies are concerned about the depletion of pension funds and austere fiscal plans that are unable to subsidize the basic care, protection and needs of their growing elderly populations. Gerontology is rapidly becoming a burgeoning research discipline that studies multiple aspects of human ageing, leading to top-down social policies that ineffectually address the significant needs of aged persons. Geriatric medicine has also expanded, attempting to medicalize the ageing process into a disease-free stage of "healthy ageing." Ageing itself, this book argues, however, is not a disease per se, and should not be medicalized.In an era of uncertain medical expectations and unfulfilled social care of the ageing, this book presents an anthropological view, that focuses on three essential and transcendental conditions of human life that become vulnerable with advancing age: namely, relating to others, being in the world, and leaving a mark or legacy in the world.
The essays in this book describes the situation of the elderly today, taking into account the major political, economic, and social variations of service provided in a variety of countries. Although the welfare state exists in all developed and developing countries, its content and administration varies substantially.
The struggle to save the International Hotel and prevent the eviction of its elderly residents became a focal point in the creation of the contemporary Asian American movement, especially among Filipinos.a Like other minorities who were looking for positive models in their past to build an identity movement, Filipino youth found their roots in the stories and lives of the manongs (respected elders), and the anti-eviction movement became a key site for the formation of a distinct Filipino American consciousness. Estella Habal, a student activist during the anti-eviction protests, relates this historya within the context of the broader left politics of the era, the urban housing movement, and San Francisco city politics.a Ultimately, the hotel was razed, but a new one now occupies the site and commemorates the residents and activists who fought for low-income housing for the elderly and their right to remain in their own community."
Spanning the period from the 1890s to the 1960s, this publication details the lives and survival strategies of elderly people as they struggle to remain independent. Megan Davies opens the door to the institutional world of the old age home, demonstrating how the legacy of the poor law and the demands of the emerging welfare state worked together to shape residential care facilities for seniors. She looks at the experiences of elderly people on British Columbia's economic and social margins both before and after the advent of old age pensions, analysing the myriad strategies used by the elderly poor to stay out of institutions and the role of family, community, and state support in this process. Davies' study of institutional life is multi-textured, informed by social and architectural theory while telling us much about daily life in these facilities. We learn about angry rebellion and harsh discipline, fun and festivals, death and compassion. And we see how the 20th century witnessed the gradual withdrawal of these institutions from the life of the community, further enhancing the marginal place of the old age home in our society.
Exploring a service too often viewed as a necessary evil best left invisible, this study takes on the sensitive topic of long-term residential care. Based on an understanding of what exists today, this breakthrough survey takes a different approach by theorizing about developing alternative forms for the future. Taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of residents and providers are women, this overview makes gender a central concern in planning for care that treats both workers and residents with dignity and respect. Presented through a collection of thought-provoking essays, this discussion is intended to stimulate a start in designing a form of long-term care that can comfortably be called home.
Physical, mental, or social change in the life of an elderly person may result in a loss of self-sufficiency. Deciding how to compensate for the change -- a process that often involves family members, friends, or health professionals -- frequently leads to consideration of long-term care. Most of the existing literature on ethics and decision making, however, focuses on acute care and does not necessarily apply to issues involved in choosing long-term care.
This book offers the first conceptual and ethical framework for thinking about long-term care decision making in gerontologic and geriatric practice. It is also the first to examine these issues at the level of decision-making by elders, family members, and professionals and to consider the broad range of options -- from receiving care at home to entering a nursing home. The discussion ranges from the philosophical, historical, and societal to the sometimes painfully specific and personal. Topics include the current system of long-term care in the United States and how it evolved; value considerations facing professionals involved with home care and care plans; the basic concepts of autonomy and independence; the affect on long-term-care of changing intrafamilial relationships and responsibilities; and a preventive ethics approach to long-term care decision making. The chapters make effective use of case histories and offer a strong sense of how individual human lives are affected by these issues.
"This collection of essays is a forum for clinicians, ethicists, and policy specialists to address the social and ethical implications of both the basic and the high-technology aspects of caring for very ill or very dependent patients in their homes... It should also be brought to the attention of the health policy analysts and politicians who believe cheaper care at home will solve our health care crisis." -- The New England Journal of Medicine
The demand for residential communities for seniors rises as the U.S. population continues to age. This growth means that new administrators and staff members often are learning by trial and error the complicated task of delivering high-quality and consistent services to elderly persons. While many new facilities have been successful, others have been plagued by a variety of administrative and financial difficulties. Senior Living Communities remains the definitive guide to managing these facilities.
In this thoroughly updated and revised edition, Benjamin W. Pearce offers a wealth of sound advice and practical solutions. He discusses resident relations, operating methods, staffing ratios, department management, cost containment, sales and marketing strategies, techniques of financial analysis, budgeting, and human resources. New chapters address issues particular to dementia care and architecture, and the appendix contains a department-by-department audit of senior living operations.
From the front lines to the boardroom, this book should be a part of every decision-making process for improving and maintaining assisted living, congregate, and continuing care retirement communities.
In recent years gerontology has both diversified and specialized to meet the complex challenge of an ageing society. This book aims to reflect these developments, and includes expert contributions from the disciplines of geography, economic, sociology and social policy, psychology, and medicine. Contributions have been selected not only to highlight topics of particular concern, but also to illustrate the development and deployment of pragmatic responses. The chapters address important issues in lifestye, health, adult education, ethnicity, pensions, policy development, residential care, and professional training. Attention also focuses on the debate within gerontology, particularly in the areas of community care, dementing illness and health economics. This book provides an interesting and unique overview of thinking, research, policy and practice in contemporary British gerontology, and should be of value to those registered for higher degrees and diplomas in gerontology, gerontological educators, research and policy makers, health care and social service professionals, and behavioural and social scientists.
Being the family member of someone in a nursing home is part of a difficult and painful process that begins long before a loved one enters the home. Focusing on the psychological, emotional, and social aspects of that process, "Nursing Homes: The Family's Journey" gives family members important practical advice and emotional support, and it explains the intricacies of care and nursing homes.
Peter S. Silin approaches his subject with compassion and sensitivity, guiding readers through the entire process. Section one helps caregivers cope with difficult decisions and deal with the emotional issues that arise. Section two describes nursing homes and how they work, and it outlines how to choose a home. Section three explains how to prepare for the day a relative moves into a nursing home and suggests ways to help the resident settle in. The fourth section focuses on the family member's role in solving problems, obtaining quality care, and visiting, and it offers advice about how to deal with death and dying. After each chapter are real-life vignettes written by caregivers which help validate and support the reader.
In assisting their loved ones through the transition to life in a nursing home, one of the greatest obstacles families face is a dearth of practical information and sympathetic experience. This book will help fill the gap for family members and their infirm relatives, as well as for social workers and family therapists. It will also be a valuable tool for nursing home administrators and care staff.
Drawing from their own research, the authors have created a book that answers the much asked questions about how to access the satisfaction of health and long-term care recipients successfully.
Designed to be practical in its application, the book includes many examples of questions and approaches used to access consumer satisfaction. Part 1 provides an overview, in which the authors discuss theories, approaches to measuring consumer satisfaction, and how to implement a consumer data collection strategy. Part II focuses on a broad range of specific areas or settings for assessment including in-home care, nursing homes, and assisted living.
This concise book is must reading for practitioners, researchers, and students committed to listening to the voices of their clients and improving the delivery of care.
Illness events frequently have severe consequences for people and their loved ones. To lose someone close through death has an even greater impact on people s lives. These life-events are especially likely to have far-reaching effects on the spouse. The r
This thoughtful collection based on a highly successful conference held in Calgary, Alberta, combines the views of professional gerontologists, educators, health-care specialists, and policy makers to confront the issues affecting health care for older adults in both Canada and the United States. The contributors seek not only to inform but to inspire innovative responses from the private as well as the public sector. Experts in government, ageing, medicine, public administration, social service, counselling, and consulting focus their attention on vital areas of concern to elders who are in need of assistance, to the providers of these services, and to a public who seeks assurance that its resources are cost-effectively allocated to meet present and future demand.Included are essays on the current status of health-care policy in the United States and Canada, daily money management, caring for the non-compliant elder, long-term care as an emerging women's issue, lobbying government agencies and political leaders, the role of gerontology in resolving the crisis of long-term care, and "geroethics".
Among the issues confronting America is long-term care for frail, older persons, and others with disabilities that limit their ability to care for themselves. Even now, an estimated 10 million people receive some form of long-term care.
Continuing to Improve the Quality of Long-Term Care takes a comprehensive look at the quality of care -- and quality of life -- in long-term care, including that provided by nursing homes, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, family members, and a variety of others. This book describes the current state of long-term care, identifying problem areas and offering recommendations for federal, state, and local decisionmakers.
Who uses long-term care? How have the characteristics of this population changed over time? What pathways do people typically follow into and through long-term care? The committee provides the latest information on these and other key questions.
This book explores strengths and limitations of methods to measure, oversee, and improve the quality of long-term care. It works through the difficult issues of defining and assessing quality, implementing the principles of person-centered care, setting and enforcing standards of care, strengthening the long-term care work force, paying for quality care, and expanding the knowledge base to guide organizational and individual caregivers.
With moves towards greater integration of health and social care services, there is a need for improved understanding of the importance and benefits of a person-centred, holistic approach to work in these fields. This accessible text, the product of a collaborative venture between older people's groups and academics, provides students, academics and practitioners across a wide range of health and social care professions with a guide to understanding the value of this approach. Health, well-being and older people: provides an overview of relevant research and service development literature; presents and discusses a range of issues that are important to the health of older people including attitudes and ageism, the body, the environment, family and community, sexuality and having fun; draws on material developed and, in some cases, written by older people themselves; integrates theory and empirical evidence with practice experience; offers models of best practice. Designed with the needs of students in mind, each chapter has helpful aids to understanding including: key learning points; models for case studies; summaries and exercises; glossaries and recommended texts. Throughout, readers are encouraged to think through the implications of the material in respect of their own service settings. Health, well-being and older people is essential reading for students and staff on qualifying and post-qualifying programmes in nursing, social work, social care, social policy, gerontology and related courses. It is also recommended reading for practitioners who will want to engage with the ideas for best practice presented in the book.
"Aging Public Policy: Bonding the Generations" is presented in three parts. Part One describes the policy process as a response to human needs through the laws of our country. Part Two explores the national policy development on behalf of older persons. Part Three describes the major public policies on behalf of the elderly that include Social Security, Medicare, The Older Americans Act, institutional care, employment and retirement policies. The final chapter discusses the advocacy process in the field of aging.
Specialist forms of housing with care are becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom, largely as a result of the ageing of the population and the relative wealth of the latest generation of older people. Retirement villages and extra care housing are two models of provision that have seen particularly spectacular growth. This is partly because in many ways they are perceived to promote government agendas for increasing independence and wellbeing for older people. They also aim to meet older people's aspirations for a good quality of life in their retirement years and to live somewhere they feel they belong. Many such housing developments are marketed as 'communities of like minded people', offering security, peace of mind, a range of facilities and new opportunities for friendship and social interaction. This important book investigates changing concepts and experiences of community across the lifecourse and into older age and how they play out in housing with care settings. An overview of how the housing with care sector has developed, both in the UK and internationally, is provided. The book emphasizes the central importance of a sense of community for older people's quality of life and explores the impact of a range of factors including social networks, inclusive activities, diversity and the built environment. The book will be of particular interest to students in the fields of gerontology, social policy, housing, planning, the built environment and community development. It will also appeal to academics, policy makers, practitioners, service providers and researchers, both in the UK and other countries with similar housing with care options, including the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
In 1988, University of Virginia academics began pondering how the institution's vast resources could be used to improve the lives of the rural poor. The result was the Rural Elder Outreach Project, an innovative experiment that for five years evaluated and provided in-home nursing care for rural elder poor in five Virginia counties. As volunteer and observer, Susan Garrett traveled with the project's nurses, doctors, and social workers as they traversed these counties, trying to make a difference in health care and quality of life. Based on her research and experiences, Miles to Go deftly weaves larger issues of aging in rural America into a series of up-close encounters with individuals and their families. Miles to Go raises important questions about what we as a nation can do to help the rural elder poor. Susan Garrett's experiences are made all the more bittersweet by the fact that the Rural Elder Outreach Project did not survive. This book ensures we will never look at scenic views of the countryside in the same light again.
Canada, like other countries, is aging. The media has reported on a
"grey tsunami," a demographic change reflecting longer life
expectancy and the retirement of the so-called baby boomer
generation. The numbers and percentages of older adults within our
population continue to increase. In 2010, 15.3 percent of Canada's
population was over 65; in 2030, it will be 24.1 percent. Many
commentators have risen alarm about this flood of adults
potentially bankrupting our health care system.
As the population of all European countries ages rapidly, understanding the phenomenon of ageing and social responses to old age has become a vital contemporary issue. The diverse ways in which old age is seen across Europe are compared and different forms of care for the needs of older people are examined. With the demise of large institutions, and increasing demands on families and on domiciliary care, the question of inter-generational relations is seen as a key element in the future of old age. It is argued that much is to be learned from cross-national comparisons in developing social responses to old age.
The ageing of the population has enormous implications for the provision of, and access to, health care. Christina Victor's important textbook provides comprehensive overview of the experiences of older people, chapters on physical health, mental health, disability and lifestyle, a thesis of current policy developments, the key debates on the future health of elders and an international, up-to-date perspective. Written by a leader in the field, the book covers key questions such as the fitness of future older people, the widening inequalities in their health and whether health in old age is related to habits and behaviour in earlier life.
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