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Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Eunhee Choi, Javier Ospina, Michael F Steger, Rebecca Orsi
Although the number of older workers in the U.S. is increasing, there is a gap in knowledge on whether or not they actually enjoy working. This study, based on a conceptual framework focusing on job resources and demands, explored likely workplace determinants of work enjoyment among older workers aged 50 or over. Using the 2012 wave of the Health and Retirement Study, a partial proportional odds model was used to detect determinants of work enjoyment. Results showed that higher levels of work enjoyment were significantly and negatively associated with the level of perceived retirement pressure and promotion preference for younger workers, and positively associated with moving to less demanding positions...
September 14, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Vivian J Miller
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September 11, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Yit Mui Khoo
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September 5, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Nancy Kusmaul, Allison Gibson, Skye N Leedahl
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August 23, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Jennifer M Putney, Sara Keary, Nicholas Hebert, Lisa Krinsky, Rebekah Halmo
OBJECTIVES: Older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults are a vulnerable yet resilient population who face unique stressors as they foresee health decline. This paper presents the results of a study about community-dwelling LGBT older adults' anticipated needs and fears related to nursing homes and assisted living. METHODS: This qualitative study collected data through seven focus groups. The sample (N = 50) consisted of LGBT-identified adults age 55 and over...
August 13, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Dale Spencer, Laura M Funk, Rachel V Herron, Emily Gerbrandt, Lisette Dansereau
One topic rarely addressed in the literature on older adults and interpersonal violence is the violence that can be experienced by family carers in relationship with a person living with cognitive impairment. This violence tends to remain hidden and is rarely framed as intimate partner violence. We examine how situations of intimidation and violence invoked fear in family carers and how they interpreted and reacted to these circum- stances. Interview and diary data were collected from family members who had previously or were currently experiencing some form of aggression in caring for someone with cognitive impairment or dementia...
August 13, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Ellen K Mahoney, Lori Simon-Rusinowitz, Dawn M Loughlin, Kathy Ruben, Kevin J Mahoney
Representatives enact their role as decision-making partners across the intersection of participant direction (PD) and dementia care. Self-rated preparedness for key dimensions of the role endorsed by a panel of experts in PD and dementia was assessed by telephone survey of 30 representatives of persons with dementia in a PD program. The sample (daughters 60%; Black 50%; rural 70%) was diverse in length of time in the role and additional responsibilities. They represented participants with moderate to advanced dementia and ≥ two additional chronic illnesses...
August 13, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Hayley R McCarron, Jessica M Finlay, Tai Sims, Katherina Nikzad-Terhune, Joseph E Gaugler
Family members are prominent providers of necessary care to persons with dementia. The psychological, emotional, and social costs of care have led to the development of interventions to support these families. Although evidence supports the effectiveness of dementia caregiver interventions, few have been implemented into practice. Stakeholder involvement may increase the potential for interventions to be integrated into community contexts. Utilization of community advisory boards (CABs) have been identified as a successful strategy to engage stakeholders in research and intervention development...
August 7, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Eunhae Kim, Zvi D Gellis, Christine Bradway, Bonnie Kenaley
Despite the increasing evidence for the effectiveness of telehealth technology in screening and treating chronic diseases, and comorbid depression among older adults, they have been slowly adopted by home health care (HHC) agencies. Therefore, this study aimed to identify factors that determine telehealth technology adoption. Twenty directors from the National Association for Homecare & Hospice member agencies completed a 45-min telephone interview. Questions were asked regarding their perceptions of telehealth, the key determinants of telehealth adoption and use, and recommendations they would give on telehealth adoption...
July 24, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Roberto Ariel Abeldaño Zuñiga, Douglas Crittenden Nance
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July 10, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Susan M McCurry
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July 10, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Joanne Allen, Lisa M Brown, Fiona M Alpass, Christine V Stephens
Pre-existing longitudinal studies of people affected by disasters provide opportunities to examine the effects of these events on health. Data used in the current investigation were provided by participants in the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement longitudinal surveys conducted in 2010, 2012 and 2014 (n = 428; aged 50-83), who lived in the Canterbury region of New Zealand during the 2010-2011 earthquakes. Latent profile growth analyses were used to identify groups of respondents who had similar pre-post-disaster physical and mental health profiles...
July 10, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Katherine Cox, BoRin Kim
This study investigated to what extent income status and race/ethnicity in old age interplayed with disaster preparedness. Data came from the 2010 Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative panel survey of older Americans over 51 years old. Our sample was restricted to respondents who participated in a special survey about disaster preparedness (N=1,711). Disaster preparedness was measured as a score, which includes 13 variables. Race/ethnicity was categorized by White, Black, and Hispanic. Low income was defined as below 300% of the federal poverty line...
July 6, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Jennifer C Greenfield, Leslie Hasche, Lauren M Bell, Heidi Johnson
Informal caregiving is a critical component of the US long-term care system, but can have significant negative impacts on caregiver employment, finances, and well-being. An online survey of Colorado caregivers was piloted in 2016-17 to explore whether workplace and social policies such as access to paid family leave and public health insurance can buffer the negative financial impacts of caregiving and help caregivers to remain in the workforce. Using standardized measures, the survey assessed caregivers' employment and financial status, well-being (physical and mental health, caregiver strain, benefits of caregiving), access to workplace supports, and covariates (e...
June 26, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Michelle Putnam
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August 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Jessica Bibbo, Christine M Proulx
Older adults report strong emotional bonds with their pets which often become increasingly important as health declines and dependence upon others increases. Individuals requiring assistance meeting their own needs are likely to need assistance in meeting the needs of their pet. The care recipient's pet may be an important, though presently overlooked, factor in the caregiving experience. This study measured the amount of care tasks/ activities informal caregivers of older adults devoted to their care recipients' pet...
August 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Lorena P Gallardo-Peralta, Ana Barrón López de Roda, M Ángeles Molina-Martínez, Rocío Schettini Del Moral
Family and community social networks act as social resources that promote well-being at advanced ages. In this study, we analyze the association between social support received from personal social networks (social support from various family members and friends) and community social networks (social support from neighbors and the neighborhood, age, ethnic, or religious group peers and formal social support networks) and quality of life (QoL) for a sample of older Chilean persons (n = 777). The results confirm that social support from family (partner, children, and extended family) and friends, integration in the community (neighbors) and social support from informal systems (social groups) are associated with QoL...
August 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Kate A Morrissey Stahl, Jerry Gale, Denise C Lewis, Douglas Kleiber
People who divorce experience a number of negative impacts, and yet divorce also offers opportunities for growth and transformation. This qualitative study of older adult women offers the possibility that divorce may be sexually empowering, especially for women, based on in-depth interviewing of women who had gone through one or more divorces. Detailed examples of the experiences of fourteen women with divorce and sexual expression are offered, focusing on in which situations divorce might be empowering and how it could contribute to sexual exploration and satisfaction...
August 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Blessing Ugochi Ojembe, Michael Ebe Kalu
The rural-urban migration of family members often leads to a higher probability of older people living alone, and minimizes family/social networks, which increases old age loneliness. In this study, we describe the existence of loneliness among older adults in Nigeria and its factors, aiming to inform the development of interventions for reducing old age loneliness. We adopted a descriptive phenomenological approach to the qualitative design, purposefully selecting and conducting face-to-face interviews with 12 older adults aged 58-88...
August 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Harry Owen Taylor, Yi Wang, Nancy Morrow-Howell
There are many studies on loneliness among community-dwelling older adults; however, there is limited research examining the extent and correlates of loneliness among older adults who reside in senior housing communities. This study examines the extent and correlates of loneliness in three public senior housing communities in the St. Louis area. Data for this project was collected with survey questionnaires with a total sample size of 148 respondents. Loneliness was measured using the Hughes 3-item loneliness scale...
August 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
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