Community Care for an Aging Society: Issues, Policies, and Services

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Springer Publishing Company, Nov 23, 2004 - Social Science - 200 pages

Most older persons desire to remain living in the community, but those requiring care are often at risk of not having their needs met. Families may find themselves unable to care for their older relatives, while formal services are often unavailable or inaccessible. Policies and services are beginning to focus on the community rather than institutions as the primary axis for care.

This book examines the many factors contributing to needs for care among older persons as well as the ways in which impairments are defined and responded to by both the individual and society. Focusing on practice and policy issues, Dr. Cox describes many of the early stage community care innovations that hold the promise of making contributions to the well-being and independence of the older population.


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1 Community Care for an Aging Society
2 Determining Needs for Care
3 Policy Affecting Care
4 Community Programs and Services
5 Housing Needs and Responses
6 The Role of the Family in Providing Care
7 Ethnicity and Care
8 New Responses in Community Care
9 The Challenges of Caring for an Aging Society

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Carole Cox, Ph.D., is Professor at the Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the author of more than 50 journal articles and chapters dealing with various aspects of aging and caregiving. She has done extensive research on caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's disease, their needs, and use of services with a particular focus on ethnicity. In the last few years, she has expanded her interest in caregiving to that of grandparents raising their grandchildren. She has developed a program and curriculum for empowerment training for grandparents, Empowering Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Training Manual for Group Leaders (Springer Publishing Company, 2000) and is also the editor of To Grandmothers House We Go and Stay: Perspectives on Custodial Grandparents (Springer Publishing Company, 2000). Her other books include Home Care: In International Perspective (Greenwood, co-author Abraham Monk), The Frail Elderly: Problems, Needs, and Community Responses (Auburn House), Ethnicity and Social Work Practice (Oxford University Press, co-author, Paul Ephross) and Dementia and Social Work Practice: Research and Interventions (Springer Publishing Company, 2007).

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