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Community Resources for Older Adults

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

Second 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
  • Linda E Piper - Weld County Area Agency on Aging, Greeley, CO

496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

By the year 2030, older Americans will make up nearly one quarter of the population. The rapid growth of this population segment puts increased importance on the analysis of existing social policy regarding the responsibilities of caring for older adults. This book provides a comprehensive overview of current community resources available to elderly Americans, including both public and private programs.


While knowledge of the community resources that are available is vital, the authors also stress the importance of the theoretical knowledge that will assist in understanding the social and psychological dynamics of help seeking behavior. Deeper understanding of the social and psychological needs of the elderly and their families, as well as the services that are available them, will better prepare students and practitioners to take advantage of resources available to their clients.

New to this Edition

The Second Edition includes updated information about various programs and services, including the newly authorized Older Americans Act and changes in Social Security and Medicare. In addition, new information about health care for retired veterans, updated best practices, and Web resources are provided.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides an overview of legislation that provides the foundation for the aging network
  • A discussion of theories that help predict service use, thus offering readers a framework for understanding why older adults do or do not use services
  • Provides case studies that encourage critical thinking about the delivery and use of community resources
  • Chapters that contain descriptions of both public and private programs and services available to older adults, in-depth reviews of the current body of empirical literature in each program area, and discussions of the challenges programs and services will face in the future
  • Includes Best practice examples of community programs from around the country that illustrate unique ways to meet the needs of older adults
  • Lists national organizations and Internet resources for each topic area
  • Includes learning activities that challenge students to explore the community resources that exist in the reader's locale
The Social Context of Community Resource Delivery
On the Threshold of a New Era
Legislative Foundations for Programs, Services, and Benefits Supporting Older Adults
Patterns of Service Use and Theories of Help-Seeking Behavior
Community, Support, and Long-Term Care Services
Information and Referral
Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs
Education Programs
Senior Centers and Recreation
Employment Programs
Income Programs
Nutrition and Meal Programs
Health Care and Wellness
Mental Health Services
Legal Services
Case Management
Home Care Services
Respite Services
Long-Term Care Services
Preparing for the Future
Programs and Services in an Era of Change
Appendix: State Units on Aging

"This book is designed for an audience of American students and practitioners.  However, readers from other countries might also appreciate the discussion on the continuum of services and the excellent examples of best practices, which provide many ideas for program development and delivery."

Fran Racher
Brandon University
Canadian Journal on Aging, 23 (3), pgs. 299-300

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 12

Chapter 19

For instructors

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