Black aged: understanding diversity and service needs

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Sage Publications, Jul 1, 1990 - Social Science - 264 pages
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Increasingly we understand that no ethnic community is monolithic but shows a great degree of diversity in demographics, class and socio-economic status. This volume demonstrates this in its focus on the black ageing community, showing how these diversities have enormous implications for social services, social programmes and social policy. In these twelve informative, incisive essays, the state of America's black aged is assessed and policies and programmes analyzed. The authors point to the importance of gearing services to a diverse group of elderly people. They also highlight how traditional racism and economic limitations impact on service needs and uses. Finally, they note the importance of family, church and other informal support networks in the black community as a substitute for or supplement to more formally-delivered services. Written by some of the best known scholars and professionals in the field of gerontology, the essays in this book will be required reading for all those delivering services to minority aged clients.

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Zev Harel, PhD, is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Social Work at Cleveland State University. He was the founding Director of the CSU Gerontological Studies Program. He has conducted research and written extensively on extreme stress and aging, ethnicity and aging, and vulnerable older populations. His latest co-edited books include: "An Adaptation and Coping: From the Holocaust to Vietnam"; "The Black Aged: Understanding Diversity and Service Need"; "The Vulnerable Aged: People, Services and Policies"; "The Jewish Aged in the U.S. and Israel"; and "Matching People and Services in Long-Term Care "(the last three with Springer Publishing Company). Dr. Harel has been serving in leadership roles with local, state, and national organizations in aging.

Michael Williams is emeritus professor of geography and the environment at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Oriel College. He is the author, most recently, of "Americans and Their Forests: A Historical Geography" as well as the editor of "Wetlands: A Threatened Landscape" and coeditor of "A Century of British Geography."

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