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Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Michelle Putnam
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January 4, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Isabelle Marchand
The new political economy of aging portrays 'active citizenship' amongst seniors as a key challenge for the years to come. As a policy framework, Active Aging ranks high on the agendas of most supranational bodies. Informed by discourse analysis and a narrative approach, this article focuses on, first, older women's everyday 'active' practices, their meaning, and purpose; and second, their day-to-day practical citizenship and social engagement experiences. A typology consisting of four figures of 'lived' citizenship is proposed...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Bharati Sethi, Allison Williams, Elise Desjardins, Hanzhuang Zhu, Emile Shen
This paper explores the experiences of Chinese immigrant caregiver employees (CEs) residing in Southern Ontario, Canada. CEs are individuals who provide unpaid care to elderly family members while they are employed in paid work. Based on qualitative interviews with thirteen Mandarin Chinese immigrant CEs and analysis using Constructivist Grounded Theory, several themes emerge with respect to their caregiving experiences. This paper reports on family conflicts and future concerns. Family conflicts occurred due to cultural differences and an intergenerational gap between CEs and their care recipients...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Rowan Jasper, Helen Chester, Jane Hughes, Michele Abendstern, Niklas Loynes, Caroline Sutcliffe, Linda Davies, David Challis
This study explored practitioner preferences about the relative value of attributes of care coordination services for older people. A Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) survey was used to identify the views of 120 practitioners from 17 services in England in 2015. The survey design was informed by an analysis of standards of care coordination, a postal survey and a consultation with carers of older people. Results of the DCE survey were supplemented by a content analysis of qualitative comments and fieldwork notes...
December 18, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Ihab Girgis
This qualitative study explores and describes the transactional and cumulative psychosocial stressors that later-life Egyptian immigrants encounter upon coming to the US, and how they impede their adaptive capacities, hinder their adjustment efforts, and impact their psychosocial well-being. Such stressors are more pronounced among those who immigrated to the US from Egypt after reaching the retirement age of 60 for two reasons. First, they experience pre-immigration stressors that force or expedite their departure from Egypt under duress, thus incurring numerous financial and symbolic losses...
December 18, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Joonyoung Cho, BoRin Kim, Sojung Park, Jakyung Jang
This study uses role theory to examine the association between post-retirement work and volunteering among older retirees and to determine whether this association varies across poverty status. Data came from the 2012 wave of the Health and Retirement Study. The sample was restricted to respondents aged 62 years or older and retired (N = 6,619). Ordered logistic regression was employed to investigate the independent and joint influence of post-retirement work and poverty status on volunteering, which supports role enhancement theory...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Sandi J Lane, Elizabeth McGrady
Resilience approaches have been successfully applied in crisis management, disaster response, and high reliability organizations and have the potential to enhance existing systems of nursing home disaster preparedness. This study's purpose was to determine how the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "Emergency Preparedness Checklist Recommended Tool for Effective Health Care Facility Planning" contributes to organizational resilience by identifying the benchmark resilience items addressed by the CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist and items not addressed by the CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist, and to recommend tools and processes to improve resilience for nursing homes...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Penelope Ann Shaw
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November 28, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Lesley M Harris, Charles A Emlet, Christina Pierpaoli Parker, Charles Furlotte
BACKGROUND: Despite the growing population of older adults living with HIV/AIDS, few studies have examined this population in terms of timing of HIV diagnosis. This study explores resilience and protective factors among HIV-positive older adults, 17 of whom were diagnosed prior to the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), and 13 of whom were diagnosed after the development HAART. METHODS: We explored the concepts of resilience and protective factors in 30 older adults living with HIV in Ontario, Canada...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Susan M McCurry, Rebecca G Logsdon, Kenneth C Pike, David M LaFazia, Linda Teri
The Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease (RDAD) program has been shown to be an effective tool for teaching caregivers strategies to improve mood, behavior, and physical function in persons with dementia. This paper describes how RDAD has been translated and implemented for use by Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) case managers across Washington and Oregon. Modifications to the original RDAD program as part of its community translation included decreasing the number of in-person sessions while preserving all educational content; involving caregivers in exercise activities for themselves as well as acting as exercise coaches for care-receivers; and enrolling persons with cognitive impairment due to mixed etiologies...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Sarah L Canham, Lupin Battersby, Mei Lan Fang, Mineko Wada, Rebecca Barnes, Andrew Sixsmith
Housing First is a model and philosophy for housing homeless people in immediate and permanent housing. In order to implement and deliver Housing First, research is essential to understand the system of support services as they currently exist. Guided by principles of community-based participatory research, this paper presents the findings from a senior-focused deliberative dialogue workshop in Metro Vancouver, Canada. Participants (16 service providers and 1 service recipient) identified services and resources available to support seniors in maintaining housing and barriers and facilitators for accessing services...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Jessica Fredericksen, Vanessa Fabbre
Owing to recent medical advancements, people with Down Syndrome (DS) are now able to live considerably longer lives and thus experience a variety of complex issues as they age. Alzheimer's Disease (AD) frequently occurs in older adults who have DS, but few practice guidelines exist to inform social work practice with older adults who have this dual diagnosis. This commentary will highlight the connection between these two conditions within a neurobiological framework and discuss implications for practice based on the available literature on this intersection of ability status, cognitive status, and age...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Philip A Rozario, Gaynell M Simpson
In this study, we examined how geographic location might differently influence social support and self-rated health for rural and urban African American women caregivers. We used cross-sectional data from 253 urban and 263 rural women primary caregivers. Controlling for key demographic factors, we regressed caregivers' self-rated health on social engagement, structural, and functional aspects of social support for urban and rural caregivers separately. The perception of family functioning was positively associated with urban and rural caregivers' self-rated health...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Junrong Shi, Keith Chan, Lisa Ferretti, Phillip McCallion
Study aims were to explore differences in predictors of respite care use between older (aged 65+) and younger caregivers (aged 18-64 years), and associations between caregiving load and respite care use using multivariate logistic regression analysis and unpaid caregiver (n= 10,500) data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey. Caregiving load comprised number of care recipients, weekly hours in caregiving, and caregiving duration. Variables with a significant association with respite care for older caregivers were female gender, income, and health insurance...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Michelle Putnam
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November 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
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November 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Deborah O'Connor, Elizabeth Kelson
This study explores baby boomer-aged adults' experiences accessing an emotional health program (EHP) in a community-based seniors' center, examining differences between it and an older cohort of users. Data generation includes client-based surveys (n=118), in-depth qualitative interviews (n=20) with client users and professionally-trained counselors (n=2), and a focus group with peer support service worker (n=14). Key findings suggest EHPs as a preventative strategy to address familial abuse, the need for education and support on sexual health and dating, and the need to combat ageism to improve access...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Joshua J Turner, Carolyn E Adams-Price, Lesley Strawderman
This study measured the need for formal alternative modes of transportation among older adults by applying traditional factors of the Behavioral Model. Survey participants who regularly drove were compared to those who could no longer drive. Race/ethnicity and self-reported health were significant predictors of perceived need for transportation services for both groups. However, income and service awareness were significant predictors only for drivers, while family proximity was a significant predictor only for non-drivers...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Gabriele Cipriani, Sabrina Danti, Cecilia Carlesi, Mario Di Fiorino
The possibility that persons with dementia possess firearms is cause for concern, but only a limited number of research studies have been conducted on such a topic, usually in the form of case reports. Reducing the occurrence of the firearm-related violence requires effectively identifying dangerous individuals and keeping firearms out of their hands. The health care professionals, i.e. the social workers and the physicians, need to work together and to produce a suitable evaluation of patients with dementia to prevent firearm-related injuries and serious and irreparable damage to persons...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Mariko A Foulk, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, James Fitzgerald
Interventions that enable individuals to be more forgiving toward themselves and others are important for older adults. This article describes a group intervention for adults aged 60 or older that integrates forgiveness-related skills with a mindfulness approach. The Mindfulness-based Forgiveness Group was designed to meet for eight sessions. The skills taught included: recognizing one's own expectations and unenforceable rules, broadening one's perspectives about the context of the transgression, and discovering positive intentions through exercises as well as a variety of meditations to cultivate mindfulness, self-compassion and forgiveness...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
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