Aging and disability: crossing network lines

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Springer, 2007 - Social Science - 276 pages
There is a growing population at the intersection of aging and disability who increasingly rely on old community service systems for care; systems that currently cannot handle the increase in demand and the crossing of the care-boundaries that have been set-up between the aging and those with disability. In response to this need, Michelle Putnam has edited this volume to reflect the current research and conferences, facilitate collaboration across service networks, and encourage movement toward more effective service policies. Professional stakeholders evaluate the bridges and barriers to crossing network lines, the 2002-2004 Missouri case study identifying facilitators and barriers to working across aging and disability service networks is included and examined, and a chapter on current websites, agencies, and coalitions provides the much needed tools to bring collaboration into practice. With contributions from those on the fore-front of these issues, Aging and Disability will provide a basis for understanding why our aging and disability networks have so long been separated and what we can do to close that gap so that our elderly populations of those with disability and those aging into disability are provided the care and service they need to live in dignity.

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ONE Moving From Separate to Crossing
Aging With Disability and the Increased
TWO Facilitators and Barriers to Crossing Network

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Michelle Putnam, Ph.D., is an assistant professor with the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. In April 2002, she was named a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, and received funding for the study on coalition building across aging, developmenteal disability, and physical disability service networks. Her scholarship includes theoretical and empirical evaluation of the intersections of aging and disability with a particular focus on differences between aging with and aging into disability. Putnam's research in this area includes examining issues of independent living and long-term care service use, consumer direction of services, asset development, and disability identity.

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